How do values pass from one generation to the next? Students read
biographies and use the Internet to research stories of courage. After
comparing and contrasting characteristics that most societies value,
they write reports about family and community heroes and host a S/Hero
Breakfast in their honor.
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Grasp the importance of individual choices, actions and character.
Recognize and explain individual conduct that makes life better
Learn about people whose contributions deserve to be admired.
Exploring the theme of courage, students:
- Reflect on Famous Quotes by or
about historic figures and react to them in journals.
- Read biographies of Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet
- Brainstorm and list commonalities of great people. Look for
similarities and differences.
- Ask questions about the culture, economic background, or gender
of great figures.
- Conclude courageous people are ordinary people who do extraordinary
Discuss why historical figures are studied
and what lessons they teach.
Organize S/Hero breakfast honoring family
or community members who exhibit the same
characteristics as notable women and men.
Interview family members or neighborhood
community leaders personifying courage.
Write reports on chosen honorees. Include
quotes from neighbors and friends who also
admire these exemplars.
Read reports, share lessons at Breakfast.
Students organize and contribute to a breakfast paying tribute to
Students learn about writing careers while
documenting stories of courage and discuss
food service while hosting the breakfast.
Voices from World History 1997: Steck Vaughn, biographies of
courageous leaders, Famous Quotes Sheet,
materials for reports and breakfast utensils and ingredients
Students visit biographical web sites on the Internet and use audio
recorders and audio cassettes for interviews.
Students are assessed for written research, public speaking, and their
ability to retell stories explaining why society values courageous
people. Journal responses to "Famous Quotes" are shared by students
and checked by teacher.