I am student teaching in the 7th grade at a middle school in west central Wisconsin. We teach a 6 week exploring class that ranges from French to Pottery to Character Building. I am currently looking for content/lesson plans/ideas to work with 7th graders on developing good character traits. Any experience in this area?
Thanks, Lisa Mueller
I found two websites that might be helpful.
Maybe these will help you begin your planning. That is an admirable subject to be taught especially in middle school. So many children miss that instruction from home these days and schools must step in to fill that need to help students with character building. Best wishes on your efforts!
For the age-group mentioned, you might try EDSITEment's lesson plan, Esperanza Rising: Learning Not to Be Afraid to Start Over http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=739 which tells the story of a girl who falls from wealth to the poverty of a migrant worker in a new country during the Great Depression. Anne Frank: One of Hundreds and Thousands http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=373 and Anne Frank: Writer both engage students in the insights into character that are revealed in diary keeping.
See also for middle schoolers: EDSITEment's Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Power of Non-Violence http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=326 which asks students to consider the relevance of the philosophy of non-violence to their personal life. The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes is a Picturing America lesson http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=790 featuring the Shaw Memorial on Boston Common that honors the first black regiment of the Civil War and asks students to put themselves in the shoes of these men through several different types of hands-on activities. There is also a visual interactive on the St. Gaudens sculptural monument a link to the PBS documentary on the artist and a link to a podcast at the monument site. Finally, try Understanding The Salem Witch Trials http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=707 in which students are asked to look at history in more than one way.
Carol Peters, EDSITEment
I was a guidance tech teaching char ed. I was teaching to elementary, however have a few things on my Char Ed blog that may interest you. If you go to the web site, scroll down under the butterfly and click on, (a) I Messages-Asking for Change and Active Listening Response, (b) My Goal, and (c) Calm and Cool; Understanding anger and steps to cool down.
I have other items on the blog you may be interested in, even though much of it is for 1st to 5th/6th grade. Hope it helps.