How to Be a Good Citizen


Jeremiah Jagessar

Prompt for Sixth Grade Civics: Think about the John F. Kennedy quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,” your gallery walk, and the video Citizens Unite. Then write, plan, and edit a paragraph explaining how responsibilities serve the common good and make the United States a country of the people, by the people, for the people. 

In order to have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people and serve the common good, it is important to do more than obey the laws. Citizens must “be bold”(Citizens United), and ask What can I do for my country?

One way to be a good citizen is to participate in social movements. According to the Citizens Unite video, it’s thanks to the people who organized and mobilized to fight for fair child labor laws and national parks. During WW II, people all over the country also took it upon themselves to plant victory gardens and recycle. Women also jumped in the factories and helped the war effort. People can start petitions with others or march non-violently in the streets too. (Gallery Walk). The people in charge need to know what the people think and care about. When people get together, great things can happen.

Another way to be a  good citizen is to pitch in. According to the Obligations and Responsibilities of Citizens, community service can impact the nation and benefit issues that are going around in your community. The article also talks about being a representative of your community because you can keep people safe and change rules to make sure everyone in the community is doing well. People don’t even need to do any community service or be a representative of your community. You can just pick up litter all over the street and help one another if they are having a hard time.

A final way you can be a good citizen is to be informed about what is happening all around the world. You can make sure anyone who is hurt is okay and even start a charity. For example, hurricanes have high-powered winds which can destroy houses. Any citizen can make a fundraiser and donate to places that are in need and damaged. You can donate to schools to help students have a better education and have better equipment. This is how you can be a better citizen and help anyone in need.

You can be a good citizen in many ways that have nothing to do with the law. Then the United States can be a country that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.