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Expose your secondary special education class to the importance of belonging and feeling accepted. They define self-esteem, pride, and appreciation. Then create a self collage and share what they like about themselves with the class. A great resource for building self-efficacy and esteem.
Students describe self-esteem and what it means to them. In this health related lesson, students work through 4 exercises to become more aware of what self-esteem means to them and others in the classroom. The lesson ends with an understanding of confidence and self-assurance.
Students listen and scan for information and identify purpose in Transcendentalist writing. In this self-management lesson, students identify main and supporting details. Students evaluate whether or not the author achieved his purpose as they read Transcendentalist writings such as "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Students create a personal mission statement and discuss their ideas of happiness.
Does having higher self esteem encourage learners to take better care of themselves? It absolutely does! Does having high self esteem mean that one likes everything about themselves? No, but that they like most things and can work to improve parts they are not quite so happy with. An individual's level of self esteem changes over time, but it is important to help young learners understand the ebb and flow and having good self esteem overall. There is a good amount of information, a self inventory worksheet, and a couple of activities in this lesson plan.
Young learners who feel good about themselves will fare better in the long run than those who do not have a high level of self-esteem. Introduce youngsters to what it means to like themselves. Discuss positive characteristics and qualities, and how everyone is different. Guide them through an art project that helps them look at what they have on the outside, as in physical characteristics, and what they have on the inside, their qualities and character.
Seventh graders read about strategies for improving self-esteem and discuss how to deal with disappointments and write a letter of advice. They also recognize some of the emotions described in I Stink!, an article about self-esteem originally written for Sports Illustrated for Kids: Sports Parents magazine.
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses on the self-violence of eating disorders caused by a dangerous obsession to meet ideals set by media. The male stereotype discussed covers expectations of masculinity and how it leads to violence like hazing. The resource contains three articles on these topic.
Explore the idea of self-esteem through different mediums. Research what is needed for increased self-esteem: list three things one might do well in, take a photo of an activity where each student is performing well, and examine how the media affects the ways students see each other. Additionally, create a class book of what each student does well in or with and write a letter telling someone how the media views projects unrealistic image of beauty.
Eighth graders study in depth the history of Puerto Rico. They gather information to write a summary that will contain the following information: Population - In Puerto Rico there are several groups who have integrated. Location - In relation to the U.S. and other parts of the world. Ancestry - What ethnic groups are presented?