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Delve into a study of Confucius and character traits. In this Confucius lesson plan, compare the analects of Confucius to character traits.
Students imagine and create their dream house.  In this comprehension and interpretation lesson, students read The Big Orange Splot, answer comprehension questions about the story and  complete a character traits web.  Students describe what a dream house is and use pattern blocks to create their own unique dream house.
In this writing model worksheet, students explore description of a person as they read a sample selection, respond to short answer questions, and plan their own description of a person.
Discussion-based lessons can provide learners with an opportunity to learn collaboratively and actively. With the handy questions included in this lesson, they'll talk their way to a better understanding of their own personality traits. After discussion, they consider how their traits can be used in both family and career life.
What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy. 
Who is a champion to your class? Elementary and middle schoolers think of a role-model from their lives. Then, in their journals, they write evidence of that person's perseverance. They identify the character trait of perseverance with the autobiographical character, Michelle Kwan. Additionally, they write a personal narrative essay that describes the steps they took to achieve a personal goal.
Middle schoolers participate in a lesson examining the concept of character and how it is the foundation of lasting human relationships. They examine character traits that are considered positive and then define the differences between personality and character.
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.
Do your youngsters realize that they are constantly making inferences? Expose this inner process by bringing out the book they will be reading. Ask scholars what they think the plan is, and explain that their answers are the product of context clues and prior experience. They complete a graphic organizer while reading, coming up with three inferences. For each, readers record context clues and prior knowledge. Be sure to explain that their inferences need not be correct, simply logical. Model this before independent practice. There are questions here to drive thinking further; use them!
Students 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Learners 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.
Students 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.

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