Curriculum and Instruction Character Education

Below are Lessons that use the Nine Character Values
Elementary Lessons
Middle School Lessons
Senior High Lessons

Nine Character Core Character Values

Citizenship:  Helping to create a society based upon democratic values; e.g., rule of law, equality of opportunity, due process, reasoned argument, representative government, checks and balances, rights and responsibilities, and democratic decision-making.

  • Obeying classroom and school rules.
  • Forming a representative government in school; i.e., student government.
  • Cooperation:  Working together toward goals as basis as human survival in an increasingly interdependent world.

  • Practicing cooperative learning activities in the classroom.
  • Being a member of the team on the athletic field.
  • Fairness:  Treating people impartially, not playing favorites, being open-minded, and maintaining an objective attitude toward those whose actions and ideas are different from our own.

  • Taking turns in a game/activity.
  • Treating people the same, no matter what their ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or physical condition may be.
  • Honesty:  Dealing truthfully with people, being sincere, not deceiving them nor stealing from them, not cheating nor lying.

  • Doing one's own work when taking a test or working on an individual assignment.
  • Telling the truth although it may place a person in a negative circumstance.
  • Integrity:   Standing up for your beliefs about what is right and what is wrong and resisting social pressure to do wrong.

  • Expressing one's conviction in a group of peers although it may not be popular with the majority.
  • Not joining fellow students who are abusing drugs when "everyone" is doing it.
  • Kindness:   Being sympathetic, helpful, compassionate, benevolent, agreeable, and gentle toward people and other living things.

  • Particpating in a class project to help lost or stray pets.
  • Helping a fellow student who has been injured.
  • Pursuit of Excellence:   Doing your best with the talents you have, striving toward a goal, and not giving up.

  • Putting forth ones's best effort when taking an exam or doing homework.
  • Trying one's hardest when participating sports.
  • Respect:  Showing regard for the worth and dignity of someone or something, being courteous and polite, and judging all people on their merits. It takes three major forms: respect for oneself, respect for other people, and respect for all forms of life and the environment.

  • Practicing acceptable manners in the school cafeteria.
  • Not damaging or defacing property (graffiti) belongs to someone else.
  • Responsibility:  Thinking before you act and being accountable for your actions, paying attention to others, and responding to their needs.  Responsibility emphasizes our positive obligations to care for each other.

  • Fulfilling one’s part of an assignment in a group project.
  • Performing a community service project.
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