In this unit the learners define respect as "valuing yourself/being proud of who you are, valuing others; valuing the world around you; being courteous with others and tolerant of personal differences."
They relate it to the core values and beliefs of a constitutional democracy. Using the historical biography of Cynthia Ann Parker, they cite examples of respect/disrespect. The students investigate their perceptions about bullying and its relationship to respect. They brainstorm ways to promote respect of self and others and the world around them. The learners discuss a quote from Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and reflect on the meaning of respect for themselves as individuals. They commit their support to a plan for promoting respect in their school.
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:
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.
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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