Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 6)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Health and PE
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

What role does perseverance play in relationships and life success?  How can developing perseverance equip people as world citizens who contribute to the common good? 

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Unit Overview 

Students analyze and define the word perseverance as it applies to Martin Luther King, Jr. They relate perseverance to setting and reaching goals. Through a discussion of impulse spending and opportunity cost, students learn about the value of perseverance as it relates to setting goals and sticking with them. They brainstorm a variety of short-term and long-term goals as an activity leading to each student developing plans for a single goal. Each student sets an individual goal using a goal-setting strategy. The class reflects on perseverance and how to persevere when the plan gets difficult to carry out.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate perseverance to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 6)
Lesson 4 of 5

Students brainstorm a variety of short-term and long-term goals and then they discuss the logistics of carrying out some of the goals. They brainstorm about what resources are needed, what needs would be met, and how they can ensure perseverance in reaching one or more of the goals.