Definitions of Respect

6, 7, 8

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.

PrintOne 20-minute session

The learner will:

  • define given words and explain their relationship to respect and the common good.
  • write a sentence using one of the defined words to communicate how to treat people with respect for the good of all.
  • chart paper
  • online dictionaries 

sample words: discrimination, diversity, exclusion, inclusion, minorities, pluralism, sensitivity, racism, stereotyping, bias, prejudice


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Discuss how showing respect to diverse people and points of view promotes the common good. 

  2. Create a vocabulary wall about respect.

    Give groups of 2-3 learners a piece of chart paper and one of the following words to define: discrimination, diversity, exclusion, inclusion, minorities, pluralism, sensitivity, racism, stereotyping, privilege, bias, or prejudice.

    Using an online dictionary, they look up their word and write a definition in their own words on the chart. They write a sentence or bullet points about how the word relates to respect. 

  3. Post the definitions around the room and allow time for the participants to walk by and read each definition.

  4. Each learner chooses one of the words (not necessarily the one they defined) to use in a sentence. The written sentence communicates how people can show respect for one another to promote the common good.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.