Students examine the role of discipline in their lives, in the lives of others, and in a civil society. They define self-discipline and compare and contrast discipline and self-discipline. The students read and discuss profiles of people who demonstrated self-discipline to reach goals and have also contributed to the common good. They determine the characteristics of people who exercise self-discipline to achieve success. The students create a plan that includes steps and strategies for practicing self-discipline. They set a personal goal and make a plan for using self-discipline to meet the goal. As a conclusion, they reflect on their level of self-discipline and their determination to increase that level as they mature.
Five 20-minute class periods
list examples of discipline.
determine the negative and positive aspects of discipline.
discuss if discipline applies to just children, or to adults also.
work in groups to develop a definition of self-discipline
compare and contrast discipline and self-discipline
identify characteristics of self-discipline in profiles of successful people
list ways self-discipline leads to success.
brainstorm strategies for becoming self-disciplined
set a personal goal for self-improvement
create a plan to meet a goal
reflect on their ability to discipline themselves
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.
In Lesson One, students are asked to talk with their parents/guardians about how they (the students) were disiciplined as small children and how their parents/guardians see the form of discipline changing as their students gets older.
In Lesson Four, students are asked to decide on one goal they want to be more self-disciplined about reaching. It's suggested that they discuss this goal with their parent/guardian.
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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