Through role playing a scenario, students with different perspectives will make decisions about responsibility.
One 20-minute lesson
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 www.generationon.org.
Say, "Two people are at the same place, eating or doing the same thing, yet, when I ask them what they are eating or doing, I often get two different answers. Why is that?" Allow 1 minute of discussion about seeing situations from different perspectives.
To provide more time in examining the scenarios and considering the common good, this lesson may be extended over two days. Should you choose this method, then day one would feature the reading, analyzing and drawing conclusions on the scenarios. Day 2 would feature the presentations to the "teachers' with more time for their deliberation and more time for sharing their thinking. Day 2 would also feature students examining their perspectives and the difficulty of accepting "their" position if they disagreed with the decision made by their respective person. Day 2 could also examine how the scenario could play out if each person accepted responsibility as agreed. What might Betty have done prior to this scenario? Did Angela want to help Betty or was she saying yes to please the teacher? Was the teacher fair in making the agreement with Betty in the first place?
Lesson Developed By:Jan Dalman
Betty’s current grade in science is a D. She must have a C in order to stay on the basketball team. She loves basketball, so she is determined to get a C! Betty and the science teacher have made an agreement that if Betty studies for the final exam and receives a C or better on the exam, the teacher will reward her with a C for the semester. To assist Betty with her studying, the teacher has suggested that she study with Angela, an excellent student in science who is currently carrying an A. The teacher is counting on Betty. Betty is counting on Betty.
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