Fourth Graders Prototype a Statue of Responsibility

To culminate their most recent unit of inquiry, students in Mrs Lind’s, Mr. Neiswander’s and Mr. Radtke’s classes prototyped “Statues of Responsibility.” The fourth graders had been inquiring into the central idea; Rights and responsibilities mobilize societal decision making.

They read about Victor E. Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, and were inspired by his words. “Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.

Each student then used the design thinking process to prototype a “Statue of Responsibility”. They read and studied, The New Colossus, a poem mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. Classes studied the elements of poetry; mood, theme, rhythm, line, stanza, rhyme, and meter and each student wrote a poem to accompany their newly prototyped statue.

Following are a few of those poems

What Is Responsibility

by Carly

What is responsibility

You may  ask

Is it getting things done

Finishing your task

Is it making sure things go right

Helping people

To turn on their light

Is it being free

Flying like a dove

Making sure your heart has love

Being nice

Don't push or shove


Responsibility is all of the above

The statue of responsibility

On the east coast

Making responsibility

At its most



by Justice


Responsibility Responsibility we need we need without it our world would be broken indeed


Responsibility Responsibility is a needed deed without it we would be broken indeed


Responsibility Responsibility is true but without life would be broken too so that is where we stand to keep Responsibility to keep our land true


But so Responsibility must be true and it couldn't be without you


Responsibility Responsibility is the new light but without it our world would be a fight


So stand tall and give Responsibility for all