Character Education: Respect (Grade 7)
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?
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 open to personal differences." They brainstorm ways to promote respect for self and others and the world around them. They commit their support to a plan for promoting respect in their school.
In this lesson the learners define respect and relate it to the core values and beliefs of a constitutional democracy.
The learners investigate their perceptions about bullying and its relationship to respect. They brainstorm ways to promote respect of self and others as individuals and as a group.
In this lesson, learners read the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker who was born in a white family and raised by Native Peoples. They look for and discuss the examples of respect and disrespect for Cynthia and the Native culture she was raised in.
This lesson focuses on another type of respect: valuing the world around you. Learners analyze a John Muir quote and discuss what they can do to show respect for the world.
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 community or school.