… to help them get a handle on how to build inner strength and character. (We have a complete breakdown of ALL 7 LESSONS at the bottom.)
This is a fantastic package introducing the learning skill concept of “Character” (grit, tenacity, perseverance) to your students.
Welcome to Chapter 1. Character (Learning Skills – Exploring the Six Cs)
In this package, we have a series of lessons that
- introduce the concept of mindset (Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset),
- allow students to explore character (perseverance) by working through 9 different Sudoku strategies to develop logical thinking
- provide discussion points of 4 different YouTube videos with socially relevant celebrities talking about the work required behind the scenes.
- allow for deeper exploration of the concept of “Character” using the Frayer Model of understanding.
After this chapter, students will be able to explain that Character is about:
- “Grit, tenacity, perseverance, resilience.”
- not giving up and developing your inner strength to learn and grow as a person.
- who you are when you are going through challenges. It is about process, and not about the final result (success or failure).
Students will have the opportunity to:
- EXPERIENCE struggles / character building through two activities: a mindset self evaluation activity, and a sudoku activity
- WATCH and discuss short videos of celebrities talking about character building experiences in their lives.
- UNDERSTAND what “character” is by using a vocabulary building graphic organizer (Frayer model) to brainstorm features of Character, examples and non-examples of Character, and finally narrow down essential characteristics of the word.
Teachers could use this package in their classrooms to introduce the concept of character and growth mindsets at the start of the school year in September:
Homeroom teachers – Building Character
- The Sudoku strategies and overcoming obstacle strategies (perseverance) set a framework for you to use over the next month or term.
- Do this package in the first week of class, and then do Sudoku as 5 minute bell work when students come into class everyday.
- Sudoku becomes an ongoing metaphor: You can get better at Sudoku if you keep at it, and keep a growth mindset by learning and applying new strategies to solve increasingly harder puzzles. There will be times that you won’t want to do Sudoku, or you get stuck and want to cheat and just copy the answers. But, the easy way out doesn’t build character or ability to independently solve Sudoku puzzles.
Literacy teachers – Exploring Character in literature
- Use this package to introduce inner strength, tenacity, perseverance and desire to learn (i.e. Growth Mindset) for students.
- And then, follow up with a character study (short story, novel, movie, play, etc) looking at characters and how they overcome challenges. (We provided short video snippets of celebrities talking about their experiences and discussion points about how this connects to their character…)
- Possible teaching points:
- Which fictional characters in your character study demonstrate a growth mindset?
- How might a fictional character answer the “What do you believe” mindset handout?
- How might they answer the “Character” learning skill self-evaluation handout?
History teachers – Exploring Character in Historically Significant Figures
- Similar to the literacy teacher suggestion, but after doing this Character introduction with your students,
- explore historical people from the curriculum
- evaluate whether they had a growth mindset or how they might do on the learning skills self-evaluation handout.
- Justify answers with historical evidence / inferencing.
School Learning Plans (SLPs) exploring “Growth Mindsets”
It’s very easy to put up posters about “YET” – and get students to say things like, “I don’t get it… yet”… But, how do we empower students to see themselves as learners and not give up when the learning gets tough
This Character Lesson Plan Package provides:
- a self-assessment of students’ mindsets,
- an introduction to growth mindsets and fixed mindsets, and then
- an activity (Sudoku) to struggle through and try to maintain a growth mindset.
The open ended class discussions of videos of socially relevant celebrities that students can relate to / look up to helps us to realize that the 10 seconds of running that Usain Bolt does at the Olympics is simply the tip of the iceberg of all the training he has to do to get there.
You need to develop your inner character to get through life’s challenges!
Common Language, Common Learning Goals
This unit provides a systematic way for a grade, division, or school to explore learning skills / character development as a framework of delivering provincial / state curriculum..
- The sudoku activities provides everyone with a common experience between classes so that students can support each other, even though they’re in different classes.
- Doing the same vocabulary building graphic organizer (Frayer model) provides a common tool / framework that students and teachers can build around in other areas (i.e. math concepts, grammar concepts, science concepts, etc).
Ultimately, this chapter is meant to kick off a year / lifetime of discussion, as opposed to being a one-off activity.
If all classes start off with the same approach, then throughout the year, as teachers do different activities, we can all still connect it back to concepts of growth mindset, and how to persevere.
We based this schedule on a 50 minute period and providing around 40-45 minutes of content per lesson.
(Let’s be honest. It takes your students a few minutes to wander into class, and you’ll probably need a few minutes at the end of class to go over homework or administrivia stuff for your class.)
Depending on your teaching style and the chattiness of your class, you may find that you can get through all 7 lessons in 5 days… or it stretches out to two full weeks (10 days).
TEACHER TIP: If you’re short on time, cut out some of the rounds of Sudoku and only watch one video.
LESSON 1 – Activity #1 What do you believe Self Assessment Handout / Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset (40 min) – SLIDES 1-39
- Chapter introduction / Part 1 – EXPERIENCE character – Slides 1 – 2
- Doing the “What do you believe” survey (20 min) – Slides 3 – 25
- Taking up the answers – Discussing growth mindset (20 min) Slides 26 – 39
LESSON 2 – Activity #2 Sudoku (40 min) – SLIDES 40 – 90
- Round 1 (20 min)
- Reviewing Mindset (5 min) Slides 40 – 49
- What is Sudoku (10 min) Slides 50 – Slide 72
- Round 1 work period (5 min) Slide 73
- Round 2 (20 min)
- Sudoku Strategies #1-3 (10 min) Slide 74 – 89
- Strategy 1. Inspection – Slide 75-77
- Strategy 2. Start with the Most – Slide 78-86
- Strategy 3. Write down Candidates – Slide 87-89
- Round 2 work period (10 min) Slide 90
LESSON 3 – Sudoku continued (45 min) – SLIDES 91 – 124
- Round 3 (20 min)
- Sudoku Strategies #4-5 (10 min)
- Strategy 4. Go by number – Slide 91 – 96
- Strategy 5. Pointing – Slide 97-102
- Round 3. Work period (10 min) Slide 103
- Round 4 (25 min
- Sudoku Strategies #6-9 (15 min)
- Strategy 6. Go by row – Slide 104-108
- Strategy 7. Double Check – Slide 109-111
- Strategy 8. Go by box – Slide 112-117
- Strategy 9. Hidden Singles – Slide 118-123
- Round 4. Work period (10 min) Slide 124
LESSON 4 – Sudoku continued and Introducing Videos (40 min) – SLIDES 125 – 138
- Round 5 (20 min)
- Overcoming Obstacles (Perseverance) Strategies (10 min)
- Introduction – Slide 125-127
- Obstacles and strategies to overcome obstacle / develop perseverance – Slide 128-132
- Round 5. Work period (10 min) Slide 133
- Watch Video (20 min)
- Introduction: Part 2 – Watch Videos – Slide 134
- Video and open-ended discussion: Kobe – Slides 135-138
LESSON 5 – Videos continued (45 min) – SLIDES 139 – 150
- Video and open-ended discussion: The Rock (15 min)- Slides 139-142
- Video and open-ended discussion: Bolt (15 min) – Slides 143-146
- Video and open-ended discussion: Ellen (15 min) – Slides 147-150
LESSON 6 – Playing with words (40 min) – SLIDES 151 – 167
- Introduce Part 3 – Understand (Vocabulary Builder) – Slide 151
- Graphic Organizer set up – Slide 152 – 153
- Minds on – Slides 154-155
- Filling out the graphic organizer – Slides 156-159
- Revising graphic organizer – Slides 160-164
- Summary Slides 165-167
LESSON 7 – Self Evaluation / Review (40 min) – SLIDES 168 – 175
- Student Self Evaluation Slides (10 min) 168 – 174
- Chapter Review Test (30 min) Slides 175