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Character Education: Self-Discipline (Grade 6)
Unit of 5 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: What role does self-discipline play in relationships and life success? How can developing self-discipline equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good? 

Unit Purpose:

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.

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Unit Duration:

Five 20-minute class periods


Unit Objectives:


The learner will:
  • 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


Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Students look for opportunities to demonstrate self-discipline to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 

School/Home Connection:

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.

Notes for Teaching:

It is recommended that learners keep a journal to record their learning and reflections about the character traits studied.

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

Lessons Developed By:

Barbara Dillbeck
Learning to Give

Betsy Flikkema
Associate Director
Learning to Give

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