Character Education: Respect (Grade 7)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Kindness
Focus Question 

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

Unit Overview 

In this unit the learners define respect as "valuing yourself/being proud of who you are, valuing others; valuing the world around you; being courteous with others and tolerant of personal differences." 
They relate it to the core values and beliefs of a constitutional democracy. Using the historical biography of Cynthia Ann Parker, they cite examples of respect/disrespect. The students investigate their perceptions about bullying and its relationship to respect. They brainstorm ways to promote respect of self and others and the world around them. The learners discuss a quote from Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and reflect on the meaning of respect for themselves as individuals. They commit their support to a plan for promoting respect in their school.

Service Experience 
 Students look for opportunities to demonstrate respect to improve the relationships in their lives and communities. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Character Education: Respect (Grade 7)
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

The students investigate their perceptions about bullying and its relationship to respect. Students brainstorm ways to promote respect of self and others as individuals and as a class/school.