Character Education: Respect (Grade 8)
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, learners investigate the meaning of respect, especially as it relates to respecting members of diverse groups. Students analyze the dynamics of group formation and describe how inclusion and exclusion from groups can result in conflict and disrespect. They will discover the basic right of all people to be respected and determine ways of showing respect for others by examining and reflecting on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The learners examine the meaning of respect, especially as it relates to relating to people with different views. They describe how inclusion and exclusion from groups can result in conflict and stem from disrespect.
Learners acknowledge that aligning with groups can promote belonging as well as conflict and power struggles. They discuss and write about ways to include and show respect for people with different identity traits.
The purpose of this lesson is for learners to evaluate what first impressions of people they form and to deliberately be more open to treating people respectfully.
The purpose of this lesson is for learners to create a vocabulary wall about respect. They will define words associated with respect and disrespect and write a sentence using a vocabulary word.
The learners read and reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as it relates to respect.