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Teacher Name-:  EJ Von Schwann Date-:  September 13, 2005
Grade Level-:  7-8 Subject-:  Social Studies
Title-:  Character and Citizenship Education Unit-:  Civics
Period-:  3
Title--: Social Studies
Focusing Event/Introduction-:   The purpose of an elementary school character education program is to develop social health traits including citizenship, honesty, respect for others, kindness, cooperation, courtesy, respect for home, school, and community environments, and generosity. Teachers and parents and other significant adult should be models in these areas. A guest speaker will be invited to the classroom. He/She will be someone who demonstrates good citizenship in their jobs or in a volunteer capacity. This will be an introduction into transitioning from knowledge to actions. The students will have a set of questions prepared to ask the speaker. A chart of socially healthy traits is posted in the classroom. This is the result of previous lessons on character education. Students will add to this chart after the discussion with the guest. This will serve as a motivator and a review for the students.
Key Concepts/Goals-:   Students will be able to recognize characteristics of a socially healthy citizen. Students will be able to transition from knowledge and understanding of socially healthy traits to applying these in everyday life as a good citizen.
Objectives/Performance Indicators-:   1. Each student will identify two or three specific actions he or she can accomplish to practice good citizenship. 2. Each student will research and agree to accomplish one social health action before the end of the week. This will be done with a partner.
Materials/Resources-:   Display chart of socially healthy characteristics of a person and ultimately, a good citizen. Computer for research and writing. Large map of the USA Individual state outlines for the students to use on the map. Markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
Curriculum Standards-:  

NSS-C.K-4.5 ROLES OF THE CITIZEN What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy? What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States? How does a person become a citizen? What are important rights in the United States? What are important responsibilities of Americans? What dispositions or traits of character are important to the preservation and improvement of American democracy? How can Americans participate in their government? What is the importance of political leadership and public service? How should Americans select leaders?

NL-ENG.K-12.4 COMMUNICATION SKILLS Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.5 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Procedure/Demonstration/Explanation-:   A Map of the USA will be displayed on a bulletin board. Each student will be given two or three states as puzzle pieces to be placed on the map. Using a transparency to demonstrate, the teacher will explain that students will write a personal trait on each of the puzzle pieces. These are socially healthy traits that can be used as good citizens. They are to write the trait, color the puzzle piece and glue it on the map. After completing the map, the students will discuss how each of them is important in helping to make our world a better place. Everyone plays an important role in accomplishing this task. When this is completed, the students will partner with someone who has a different trait or gift. They will research on line, brainstorm how to transform these talents into action, through an act of volunteering. This will be presented to the teacher who will approve and offer supervision for these efforts. Teacher assistants, parents and other volunteers can assist the students in this venture. The students will be given one week to perform this task. The partners will complete a presentation to be given in the classroom to parents, to demonstrate good citizenship.
Accommodations for Special Needs-:   Some students may need one on one assistance from the teacher or aide. Students may choose to make transparencies, slide presentations, etc. to make this task more challenging.
Closure-:   A presentation from the partners will be used as a review of what has been learned about character traits and being a good citizen. This will take place after a week of volunteering has been completed. Parents will be invited to attend. Hopefully, this will be ongoing and parents will join their children in volunteering.
Assessment / Evaluation-:   Student presentations will be assessed by addressing the following questions: Where did we go to volunteer? Why did you choose this? How did this change the lives of those you helped? How has this changed your life? What will you do in the future to continue contributing to society?
Teacher Reflection-:   Teacher will realize time that is needed to accomplish the objectives of this activity. Classes will be given in character education before this activity can be put into action. Do the students need more time to research? Be cautious will allowing the development of this lesson. Supervision is to maintained in this activity. Students will have an adult with them at all times.