The Character Development & Leadership Curriculum utilizes a consistent set of 12 lesson plans to teach each of the 18 character trait units. This is both the simplicity and the beauty of this curriculum. It’s what the teachers love and the students come to rely on. Once the students understand the 12 lesson plans, they know what to expect, which provides consistency. At the same time, one ethical dilemma (for example) doesn’t look like the next, so each lesson plan is unique and fresh.
Below you will find the format. Each lesson plan is aligned with the common core standards for English and ties into a specific learning style.
Note: This was originally taught as a class so the 12 lesson plans fit neatly into the days of the week. Many schools do not teach this curriculum as a stand-alone course so those days of the week do not matter to them. The important thing to understand is that there are 216 lesson plans available in the curriculum (12 lesson plans x 18 character trait modules).
The 12 lesson plans (listed above) are repeated over and over about a different character trait that is paired with a different topic (listed below).
18 Character Traits/Unit Topics Chart
|Weekly Topics||Character Traits||Role Models|
|Orientation & Expectations||Attitude||Mattie Stepanek|
|Developing Goals & Priorities||Preparation||Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger|
|The Importance of Education||Perseverance||Booker T. Washington|
|Showing Respect to Others||Respect||Dwight Eisenhower|
|Building a Positive Reputation||Honesty||Sherron Watkins|
|Developing Personal Values||Integrity||Sonia Sotomayor|
|Handling Peer Pressure||Courage||Amelia Earhart|
|The Importance of Role Models||Appreciation||Christopher Reeve|
|Managing Anger & Aggression||Composure||Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Positive Communication Skills||Empathy||Helen Keller|
|Expressing Gratitude to Parents||Gratitude||Bob Hope|
|Cultural Competence||Tolerance||Arthur Ashe|
|Citizenship in the Community||Sacrifice||Pat Tillman|
|Sustaining Long-term Relationships||Loyalty||Nancy Reagan|
|Employability & Workplace Skills||Responsibility||Cal Ripken, Jr.|
|Addressing Bullying at Your School||Compassion||Oprah Winfrey|
|Becoming a Strong Leader||Leadership||Mike Krzyzewski|
|Being a Strong Role Model||Character||Summary Chapter|
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To provide a deeper understanding, we are providing you with lesson plans from an entire unit. This is the Unit 15 on Responsibility, which is paired with the topic of Employability and Workplace Skills.
What separates this curriculum from other “soft skills” curricula is an emphasis on reading and writing. For each unit, students write a two-page essay and read a chapter from the Role Models text book. The literature is clear that all curricula needs to be rigorous and academically challenging. There are high expectations placed on each child – students can’t just show up and get an A in this course.
We also designed the topics to be relevant and meaningful to a child’s life. It is very important that every student understands how each lesson plan will impact their future. Detailed lesson plans, an online blog, virtual lectures on leadership, overheads, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, final exams, syllabi, grading scales and everything necessary to teach this course is included with this curriculum.