Learners define respect and explore the meaning of self-respect and respect for others. They explore the relationship of "respect" to definitions and examples of prejudice, bias, racism, and stereotype. Students recognize prejudice and examine how they perceive others. Learners discover how prejudices are learned and reflect on how to be more respectful of others. The learners are challenged to enhance respect in their personal relationships. They define actions they can take to enhance respect in their school and community.
What role does respect play in relationships and life success? How can developing respect equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good?
Five 20-minute lessons
The learner will:
- define respect (self-respect, respect for others).
- define bias, prejudice, stereotype and racism and site examples of each.
- respond to the story The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.
- discuss the consequences of lack of respect for self and others.
- define prejudice and stereotyping and give examples.
- identify attributes of school and home cultures.
- Extension: reflect in writing on "respect," prompted by a quote from President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
- listen to and discuss the song "Carefully Taught" and evaluate how his/her own prejudices reflect the prejudices of others (i.e. environment, family, society).
- rewrite lyrics for the song with a respectful message.
- brainstorm with peers ideas to enhance self-respect and respect for others in the school and/or community.
- reflect in writing on specific personal action to promote self-respect and respect for others.
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to The League.
At the completion of Lesson One, the learners ask their family members to share with them examples of bias, racism, prejudice or stereotype they may have experienced or that they have learned about from history.
It is recommended that learners keep a journal to record their learning and reflections about the character traits studied.
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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