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Character Education: Self-Discipline (Grade 7)
Unit of 5 lessons
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Unit Purpose:

Learners experience an opportunity to practice self-discipline, and they compare and contrast discipline and self-discipline. They become familiar with vocabulary and concepts associated with self-discipline and examine the correlation between self-discipline and maturity. They learn about Benjamin Franklin's personal accomplishments and his contributions to the common good, and examine his wisdom about self-discipline. The learners investigate the importance of self-control and self-motivation through analyzing examples of self-discipline. They set a personal goal and describe self-discipline steps to meeting the goal. They select quotations and reflect on their relevance to achieving their goal.  

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?

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Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • participate in an experiment that demonstrates delayed gratification and impulse control.
  • define discipline, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and impluse control. 
  • discuss and define skills and attitudes of self-discipline.
  • agree or disagree with a quotation and apply it to themselves.
  • examine the life and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin related to self-disciplne.
  • document three acts or examples of self-discipline.
  • analyze examples of self-discipline as self-control and/or self-motivation.
  • brainstorm three personal self-discipline goals.
  • set a personal goal and determine the self-control and self-motivation needed to achieve the goal.
  • relate motivational quotations to efforts to meet a goal.

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.

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 generationon.org.

School/Home Connection:

In Lesson Three the students are asked to watch for times when they or others (friends, classmates, teachers, family members) use self-discipline and to write down at least 3 examples to bring to the next class session.

Notes for Teaching:

In this discussion of self-discipline, be sensitive to the needs of your students. Some students may not have the self-discipline to accomplish specific tasks.

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Lessons Developed By:

Barbara Dillbeck
Director
Learning to Give

Betsy Flikkema
Associate Director
Learning to Give

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