Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 7)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Science
Issue Area: 
Kindness
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 look for examples of personal best in a movie about perseverance and discuss the value of working toward personal best even when it is difficult. They analyze the meaning of personal best and recognize the value of persistence in doing their best. Students choose two causes or issues that they feel most concerned about. With those in mind, they explore how perseverance and doing their personal best are the most effective ways to address needs.

Service Experience 
Students look for opportunities to demonstrate perseverance to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 7)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students discuss what it means to do their personal best. They find, through a simple physical activity, that they can do a good job in something, but they still have more talent and drive to do better if they persevere. They recognize that perseverance can help them do their personal best.

Unit: 
Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 7)
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, students choose two causes or issues from a list of twelve causes or issues that they feel most concerned about. With those in mind, they explore how perseverance and doing their personal best are the most effective ways to address needs rather than looking at the short term or doing nothing.

Unit: 
Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 7)
Lesson 5 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is to reflect on the value of focusing on long-term impact. Students reflect on the importance of not getting discouraged when their actions don't seem to make a difference in the short term.