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Teen Bill of Responsibilities: A Rights & Responsibilities Workbook
for Guys & Girls
responsibility isn't exactly running rampant these days, if twice in the
same day I read a quote from the Spiderman movie, "With great power comes
great responsibility." The second reference comes from the introduction
to Stephen Smoke's new book - Teen Bill of Responsibilities: A Rights
& Responsibilities Workbook for Guys & Girls.
This book uses a workbook format to make the connection
between rights and responsibilities. The author describes three ways to
use the book: Read and use the workbook on their own, read parts of it
aloud and discuss it with friends, and take the TBOR course which is available
for free to middle and high schools (see
their website for more info).
The book is divided into sections such as "My Life",
"My Body", and "My Friends". It then uses couplets to make associations,
such as "I have the right to express myself" followed by "I have the responsiblity
to realize I do not have the right to express myself when that expression
infringes on the rights of others". Included in each section are blank
sections where the reader is encouraged to write their own rights and
With these couplets positioned on opposing pages in
large type, nearly any teen will be able to read through this book in
no time at all. Reading on their own, teens may get little more than exercise
rolling their eyes. But under the adult guidance of a teacher, these simple
couplets can become the starting points of meaningful conversations, classroom
discussions or creative writing exercises.
by Jodere Group, Inc. ISBN 1-58872-079-9, 183 pages, paperback.