Suggested Grade Level
Suggested Subject Matter
• Define commitment.
• Provide examples of what it looks like to show commitment
• Describe reasons commitments matters to students and to society as a whole.
Core Value Focus: Commitment
Recipient Focus: There is no Recipient focus in this lesson.
Show the Disney Mashup "Never Give Up" video at https://youtu.be/XvOr16LkmKo?list=PLpSnlSGciSWNjJgigFa-qdbCEzYlANp3I
and lead a discussion about what all of these characters had in common - what was the video demonstrating?
Explain that when you don’t give up on something, you demonstrate COMMITMENT. Write the definition of commitment
on the board “Commitment = Making a promise and following through. Not giving up, even when things become difficult.”
Small Group Activity:
Allow students to work with a partner to come up with their own definition of commitment with one example of how they would
apply it in their life.
Explain to the students that commitment means not giving up, even when things become difficult. In the story
The Little Engine that Could, the engine did not give up, even when its job became difficult. The students, in groups
of at least ten, will practice oral reading fluency using the Reader Theater's The Little Engine that Could. After practicing
for a short time, each group will perform their reader’s theater.
Whole Group Activity:
After performances, match up the events under Giving Up or Commitment and have the group list the ways that each
character demonstrated it. Then small groups should discuss why it was important that the Little Engine showed
commitment (How did it help the Engine? How did help the town?).
Concluding Activity: Students will be given six sticky notes. They will write an answer to the questions below.
The will stick their note to the chart papers posted around the classroom. The chart papers will be posted in the
hallway or around the classroom.
1. What kind of commitments do you make every day?
2. Do you have commitments to your friends? How?
3. Do you have commitments to your teachers?
4. Is breaking a promise a good example of commitment?
5. What commitments have you made recently?
6. How will you keep showing commitment?
Modification to the above activity:
Allow students to answer each of the questions on a piece of paper that will be collected for assessment purposes.
Have the students go back to their understanding and definition for commitment and write it on a sticky note. Then
write one way that they can show commitment that supports their definition.
Assessment: Use the student responses to the six questions about commitment and other teacher observations
Pixar Movie Up video clips and discussion of perseverance/commitment finding examples in the video.
An acrostic poem using the word Commitment
Reader's Theater The Little Engine That Could
Commitment Post-It Exercise
Quote on the focus core value:
“Your faith in God and your commitment to friends and loved ones will always guide you to take the right
action.” - Alejandro R. Ruiz, Army-World War II
“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor, Mulan
“I am on my way. I can go the distance! I don’t care how far. Somehow I’ll be strong I know. Every mile will be worth
my while. I would go most anywhere to find where I belong.” – Hercules
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