1st Grade New York

Global Citizen

This first grade annotated inquiry highlights the idea that even primary-age children can begin thinking about their civic roles in their communities and beyond. Those roles can be made real and vital to young children by exploring the traits or characteristics that represent responsible citizenship. Those traits—respecting others, behaving honestly, helping others, making and obeying rules and laws, being informed, and sharing needed resources—will be familiar to students through their experiences in their home and school lives.

Although every inquiry in the Toolkit project has a Taking Informed Action component, there is no one way to work with this construct. In this inquiry, the Taking Informed Action sequence of activities is embedded throughout rather than following the completion of the Summative Performance Task.

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Compelling Question:

Why Should I Be a Global Citizen?

Staging the Question: Watch a video on changing the world and brainstorm the meaning of the term “citizen.”
1

Supporting Question What does it mean to be a responsible citizen of my classroom?

Formative Task Describe and/or illustrate three traits of a responsible citizen.

Sources Source A: “We Are Good Citizens”
Source B: Image bank: Responsible citizens in the classroom

2

Supporting Question How can I be a responsible citizen of my community?

Formative Task Describe and/or illustrate three additional traits of a responsible citizen.

Sources Source A: Image bank: Responsible citizens in the community
Source B: ”The Thanksgiving Pie Project”

3

Supporting Question How can I be a responsible citizen of the world?

Formative Task Make claims about responsible citizenship traits and offer evidence to support those claims.

Sources Source A: Image bank: Responsible citizens around the world
Source B: Amanda Belzowski: 10-Yr-Old Lemonade Stand Titan for a Cause Dear to Her Heart

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Why should I be a global citizen? Construct an argument supported with evidence that addresses the compelling question through a small-group and whole-group exercise.
Extension: Select one of the actions identified in Formative Performance Task 3 as a way to change the world and act on it.