Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 8)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
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 

Perseverance involves staying with a task even if it is difficult. Students identify obstacles and barriers they must overcome in order to reach a goal. They brainstorm universal obstacles to completing goals in difficult situations and then they write creative one-liners to help them face obstacles with determination and humor. As a reflection, students illustrate a conversation about perseverance between Lyndon B. Johnson and an imaginary opponent.

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 8)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students will define perseverance and identify the need to persevere in completing tasks. They will explore obstacles and excuses that deter perseverance.

Unit: 
Character Education: Perseverance (Grade 8)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Perseverance involves staying with a task even if it is difficult. Students identify obstacles they must overcome in order to stay on a task and/or reach a goal. Students identify having a plan and team work as strategies to persevere.

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

In this lesson, as a reflection exercise on perseverance, students illustrate a conversation about perseverance between Lyndon B Johnson and an imaginary person.