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Students develop a definition for self-control and explore how practicing self-control can lead to other positive character traits. They read and discuss examples of student behaviors that exhibit self-control and those that don't.
Third graders read the story "Trapped by the Ice" which is about the Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. They identify, write and share examples of respect and responsibility demonstrated by the stories' characters. Students create a character trait doll about themselves. Students write ways they show respect and responsibility.
Third graders read Pepita Talks Twice and define the character traits of respect and responsibility. They write their examples of the characters traits on a character trait doll. Students recognize the character traits of respect and responsibility they possess in themselves. They write about similarities/differences between themselves and the main character in the story.
Fifth graders identify the character trait of integrity in the main character, Slow, in "A Boy Called Slow." They participate in a discussion to determine what steps the main character took to earn his new name. Students write an essay describing their plan for earning their new name.
Young scholars read and analyze an African version of the Cinderella story. They listen to John Steptoe's story, "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," locate Africa on a map, compare and contrast the story with Cinderella, and identify fairytale and character traits.
Students identify heroic character traits that they admire and that inspire trust and result in service to others. They identify the heroic traits of a character of their choosing and defend their reasoning using evidence from the text and a definition of a hero. Students write a well-organized essay that includes a thesis.
Students define the word endeavor and then practice the art of self-discipline. They create character trait charts and discuss how strong character traits help students meet their future destinations.
Students use a graphic organizer create a character sketch of Trout Walker from the novel Holes. Using the provided worksheet, students fill in the important character traits of Trout. Worksheet and answer key are provided with the lesson.
Fifth graders write a character rap. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders select a character trait and create a four to six line poem focusing the chosen character trait.
Students discuss responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort, and listen to the book, Mr. Griggs' Work. They find examples of the character traits in the book, and create drawings to share with the class.
Students examine the character trait of perseverance and identify a message's purpose. They read a biography of Jackie Joyner Kersee, discuss the main message, and develop an action plan with goals and a message.
Students investigate characters' traits in a specific fable by noticing what they think, say, and do. They study key vocabulary and complete a vocabulary worksheet. They work in groups to discuss how you know if a person is kind.
Young scholars study conative and cognitive strengths through characters in literature. In this conative and cognitive strength lesson, students read about a favorite character or historical person. They make a chart of the difficulties the character faced and describe the character trait that helped them overcome the problem.
Students examine the character traits of heroes. In this heroes lesson, students discuss the traits that make a person a hero and what type of organizations promote humane treatment of animals. They make a "Heroes for Animals: Wall of Fame" based on the animals research assignment they complete for homework.
Students select a character from a favorite book or story. They list that character's traits and explain how these traits helped the character to overcome adversity. They compare their own traits to those of their chosen character.
Ninth graders explore the meaning of the term philanthropy.  In this Social Studies lesson, 9th graders research examples of people that represent good citizens.  Students create a skit that demonstrates a specific character trait.
Fifth graders read Dear Mr. Henshaw and identify the character trait of self-respect as exhibited by Leigh throughout the story. They evaluate the author's use of letters to tell the story and discuss how the story would be different if this technique was not used. Students identify at least five conventions of letter writing.
Students demonstrate an understanding of characters and their traits by decorating an Easter egg. In this character traits lesson, students chose a character from a story and then decorate an Easter egg to look like their character. Students then describe their character's traits in a paragraph and play a game.
Sixth graders participate in a guided reading of Betsy Byers, The Pinballs. They read independently, and make character trait conclusions.
Students explore the character trait of caring. Ways to show others how they care are examined and cards for the elderly and family coupon books are created inn this lesson.

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