Profiles of Self-Discipline

6, 7, 8

The students will read and discuss several profiles of people who demonstrated self-discipline to reach goals. They determine the characteristics of people who exercise self-discipline to achieve success.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • identify characteristics of self-discipline in profiles of successful people.
  • list ways self-discipline leads to success.
  • Student copies of Handout One: Profiles of Self-Discipline
  • Student copies of Handout Two: Profiles of Self-Discipline Discussion Questions


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Teacher: When you think of someone who is self-disciplined, who comes to mind? Name a few people who you think are self-disciplined and tell why you think that.

  2. Write the names as the students suggest them and encouraging them to give a rationale for their opinion.

  3. To the list, add the names of the people from Handout One:Profiles of Self-Discipline.

  4. Two choices for using this Handout:

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. Standard DP 05. Role of Foundations
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Name at least one grant-making foundation and generally describe its purpose.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Describe how individuals and organizations can use a foundation for giving.
  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.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
      2. Benchmark MS.5 Discuss examples of groups denied their rights in history.
    3. Standard PCS 06. Philanthropy in History
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Explain the role of philanthropy in major themes and social issues in the nation's history.
      2. Benchmark MS.2 Give an example of individual philanthropic action that influenced the nation's history.
  3. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define and give examples of the motivations for giving and serving.
      2. Benchmark MS.10 Identify reasons why historic figures acted for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.