New! Honesty is the Best Policy
K - 2nd
Students define honesty. In this character education lesson plan, students read the book, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and discuss ways that the character was dishonest. Students act out the story as if the character was behaving honestly.
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 3: "Las Papayas/Papayas")
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core designed lesson, the activities described here focus on discussing the text in groups, making inferences, responding to text-dependent questions, and using evidence. The lesson is nicely organized, with an entrance ticket and an exit ticket to tie the activities together.
"Split" Character Studies in Crime and Punishment
Students write an essay evaluating split character traits on major characters in Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment. In this lesson students are guided through discussion questions, group assignments, and vocabulary work. The lesson culminates in the final timed essay.
My Character Odyssey
Ninth graders explore and analyze how the trial of life can develop one's character and values of respect, responsibility and compassion. They, while reading and evaluating "The Odyssey," reflect upon their own hero journey and write examples of their trials and growth.
Mardi Gras Character Carnival
Learners create Mardi Gras floats from shoeboxes to illustrate the Six Pillars of Character. For this character education lesson, students discuss Mardi Gras and famous celebrations. Learners make floats out of shoeboxes to illustrate the Six Pillars of Character. Students work in groups to complete the floats.
Education is the Meaning of Life
Students explore the teachings of Confucius. In this Korean culture instructional activity, students watch segments of the A and E video "Confucius: Words of Wisdom." Students read handouts regarding the Asian education system and discuss their impressions prior to writing essays on education.
Character Traits in Fables
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this lesson is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Split Character Studies in Crime and Punishment
Students identify characters who exhibit conflicting character traits. In this Crime and Punishment lesson, students identify and discuss characters who have opposing character traits. Students relate their character study to the theme of the novel.
Character Scrapbook Teacher's Guide
Students analyze a book's characters and create a scrapbook to print and save. In this on line interactive characterization lesson plan, students identify character traits and gain a deeper understanding of a book's characters.
The Best Deal
Students are shown how to determine which is the best deal and are then asked to determine best deal on their own by taking The Best Deal Challenge.
Character Education: Honesty
Middle schoolers define what honesty means. They will discuss omission as a form of telling lies. Furthermore, they will compare and contrast to other forms of lying. In the end, they give examples of different types of lies and evaluate which are the worst forms of lying.
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