Overview: Free social emotional lesson for high school and middle school. After completing activities based on Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, students share how they will should handle themselves in various situations, and how the development of these positive habits helps them succeed in class and in the workforce.
Subject: 21st Century Skills: Study Skills, Social & Emotional Learning; English Language Arts: Speaking & Listening
Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Duration: 45 minutes
Related Concepts: Self-Esteem, Student Leadership, Career Skills
Students will be able to:
- Connect positive attitudes, behaviors, and habits to successful outcomes in a series of real-world scenarios.
- Contrast proactive and reactive behaviors in a comic strip.
- Explore positive ways to reach their goals in partner and whole-class discussions.
Essential Questions: How can you use a positive attitude and positive behaviors to be a good classmate or co-worker? How can we use what we know about handling situations to solve problems at school or work?
Vocabulary: effective, proactive, reactive, attitude
Common Core Standards Addressed:
- ELA: Speaking & Listening
Write or project the following headings onto the board:
Define the Problem:
(the way the characters handled the problem)
(the way you would handle the problem)
(ways the problem could have been handled)
(what is the best way to handle the problem)
Ask for 5 or 6 volunteers. Have the volunteers each take a part, and read the script, “Case Study Using Role-Playing To Solve A Problem Through Teamwork" found on page 5 of the reading passage.
After the students finishing reading the script, direct their attention to the board. Ask the students to help complete each of the five headings.
Once the headings are complete, ask the students how using this framework could help them solve problems at school or at the workplace. How could being a proactive (thinking before doing) person is better than being a reactive (doing before thinking) person?
Discuss with students what habits can help you do well in school. List them on the board. What habits would make you be a good co-worker? List those on the board as well. Are there any similarities or differences on the list?
Brainstorm a list of scenarios that students encounter in their daily lives (e.g. friends wanting to skip school, people being left out in the cafeteria, someone wanting to steal at a grocery store, etc.)
With a partner, have students draw two cartoons to depict proactive and reactive behaviors to a situation from the class list. Once the groups are finished with their cartoons, have them share their drawings with the class and describe one connection they have with using proactive behaviors.
Distribute the handout for students to complete independently or with partners.
To end the lesson, bring everyone back into a group. Revisit how using proactive skills can help solve problems at school and at work. How can using the correct skills lead a person to be more effective?
- Observe student participation when competing the cartoon activity. Assess accuracy, creativity, and effort of the cartoon.
- If the following resources were not used for independent practice, they can be used as assessments:
- Provide English learners or struggling readers with a cartoon graphic organizer to create their cartoon.
- Assign the book to advanced or older students as independent reading. Have them keep a journal to store insights, questions, or plans.
Show or assign a presentation on positive habits for teens.
Create seven student groups; assign each group one of the seven habits listed in Sean Covey's book, and encourage them to create motivational posters based on their assigned habit.
Additional materials to guide your teaching:
- Interactive Activities to Introduce Teamwork Skills
- Lessons from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Worksheet
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Workbook
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Survey
- Presentation: Defective Teens - NOT!
- 21st Century Learning Skills Resources
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Learning Resources