Students choose and journal about an individual or an individual’s work that they respect or value.
- Cognitive: Students will be able to identify an individual or qualities in individuals they admire.
- Affective: Students will feel encouraged to identify and embody the traits of those they respect.
Journals, writing utensils
- Teacher Prep: Choose a personal example and be prepared to share how the individual connects with personal values.
- Optional: Provide a graphic organizer to guide students’ brainstorming process.
- Optional: Provide a model reflection with example inspiration to use as a writing model.
||In the model example, be intentional in clarifying the qualities of the individual/work.|
Optional: Differentiate by offering a graphic organizer or model reflection text to support students.
|Prompts: Why do you admire this individual?
What message do they send with their actions/work?
||Remind students to respect others’ preferences and values.|
How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged?
Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.
Emotional Intelligence Tips
- Some students may not have a specific individual in mind. Encourage students to consider characteristics/actions of others they wish to emulate. How does the person you respect make others feel?
- Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
- Remind students that they are entitled to their own preference and that values differ from person to person.