Developing a Sense of Self

9, 10, 11, 12

Discover through introspection, discussion, reflection and research the learner's own personal values, as well as classroom and community values.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo Forty-Five to Fifty Minute Class Periods
  • The learner will:
  • determine and identify values through a survey.
  • identify values shared by the learners with other classrooms in the school by conducting the survey.
  • identify community priorities through conducting a survey.
  • Survey of Self Values (Attachment One), one per student
  • Peer Survey or Classroom Survey (Attachment Two), several class sets
  • Community Priorities Survey (Attachment Three), two per student
Home Connection 

Learner will ask two members of the community, who represent a generation other than that of the students, to complete Attachment Three: Community Priorities Survey.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    As learners enter the room, have a variety of survey results from newspapers or magazines, preferably teen oriented, projected on an overhead or displayed in the room so learners may view them closely. Ask learners how they think these results were obtained and discuss purpose of surveys.

  2. Distribute Survey of Self Values (Attachment One) and explain the ranking system. Class members complete the survey. (This survey is for students' own information and will not be handed in or included in the data organization in Lesson Three: Valuable Data?)

  3. Tell your classroom students that they will be taking the Peer Survey (Attachment Two) to other classes in the school, explaining to the students that they are collecting data about what their peers and the community value, and asking the students to complete the surveys. Teacher Note: Advance preparation should be made with several other teachers in the school to have small groups of the students explain and administer the survey to their class.

  4. Brainstorm with the students what should be said to their peers about the Peer Survey (Attachment Two) during the classroom visits.

  5. Small groups visit other classes to explain and administer the Peer Survey (Attachment Two).


Successful completion of all three attachments. Instructor will record observations of learners' activity while conducting the three survey components. See Lesson Three: Valuable Data? for assessments incorporating both Lessons Two and Three.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Discuss the role of family life in shaping a democratic society.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Define and give an example why conflict may exist between individual freedom and the community.