QFT Lesson – Citizenship

Developing the Life Principle: CITIZENSHIP

  1. Life Principle: CITIZENSHIP (dictionary link)
    Def. poster: CITIZENSHIP


    Quote: “Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong.” -Charles Handy

    Spanish: la ciudadanía

  2. Key Ideas:
    1. An ideal citizen is one who exhibits "good civic behavior".
    2. We are a community and must work together to make it successful.
    3. We will accept the challenge to serve our community
    4. We will practice virtuous living using the Life Principles.
    5. Free citizens and a republic government are "mutually interrelated.
    6. Citizenship includes a commitment to "duty and civic virtue".
    Lexicon Resource - 31 word tasks
    Lower Elementary Lexicon

    1. Break the word into syllables
    2. Sound out the word
    3. Find the root word
    4. Select synonyms

    Dictionary Oxford Spanish Dictionary

    Sign Language for: Citizen

  4. Describing the process:
    What would Citizenship look like, sound like, feel like?
    Use web graphic to describe “Citizenship” in complete sentences, and add supporting details.
  5. Introduce the Question Focus:
    State topic for questions. QFT - Question Focus Technique
    - Rothstein, Dan; Santana, Luz, Harvard Education Press, 2011

    4x4 Question Focus Process Task Cards
    Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Citizenship.

  6. Produce the Questions:
    Materials needed: white paper and markers
    Allow about 10 minutes

    1. Ask as many questions as you can.
    2. Change any statements into questions.
    3. Write down every question as it is stated.
    4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

  7. Improve questions:
    1. Identify open and closed ended questions.
    2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed question to open-ended.

    Allow 4-8 minutes.

  8. Prioritize questions:
    State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify
    2-3 questions they think are most important.
    Allow 10-20 minutes.


    Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.
    Allow 10 minutes.

  9. Discuss next Steps:
    “What are we going to do with these questions?”
    Whole Group Discussion - Outcome should align with lesson objectives.


    Determine and describe what behaviors support Citizenship? Apply to current environment.

    Life Principle Life Application Lessons

  10. Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection: Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.
    Discuss and report in small or whole group.
    Sample: “What does Citizenship look like for us?”