You encounter many different types of responsibility. Consider the types below, and see if you can come up with any more. If you complete the written portion, share your answers with your squad or class.
Promises: When an individual makes a promise to another, that person takes on the responsibility or obligation of keeping the promises or “living up to his or her word.” Sometimes promises people make to each other are in the form of legal agreements called “contracts.” At other times, promises are very informal. You should recognize that when you make a promise, you consent or agree to fulfill a responsibility or obligation. For example: You borrow $50 from a friend. You are responsible for paying it back in a timely manner.
Assignments: People, often teachers or bosses, will assign a task, or responsibility, to be completed by the student or employee.
Customs: Some responsibilities come from traditions or customs that develop over time. This can vary between cultures and families. For example: Mrs. Howard waited patiently in line at the grocery store. Mr. Johnson gave his seat to an older woman on the bus. Sammy gave his friend John a present on his birthday.
Appointment: Elected officials, Principals, Coaches, and many other people will 'appoint' people to help share responsibilities. For example: The Basketball coach appointed Timmy to collect all of the jerseys at the end of the season.
Citizenship: In our country we have responsibilities simply by living here. For example: Staying informed on important issues and voting for laws and politicians you believe in.
Jobs: Different jobs require different responsibilities. For example: LIzzie gets paid to mow her neighbors lawn, so she is responsible for making it look nice and ordered. Mrs. Howard is a teacher at the school, and is responsible for preparing lessons to teach her students.
Moral: Moral responsibilities are based on the principles of right and wrong. For example: Sarah sees an older man fall off of a curb, so she hurries to help him up. Everyone should treat others with respect.
With references from: http://www.civiced.org/blackhistorymonth/resources/svpdpsitelesson1/StudentLesson.pdf