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Exploring the Six Core Values

OBJECTIVES
Students will:
research, define, and interpret the six core values
use these definitions and interpretations in an informational essay
Introductory Activity:
The teacher will write or project the six core values of the program on the classroom board: courage, integrity,
patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and sacrifice. Students are instructed to write a journal entry about what
they feel these words have in common and why they are on the board.
Whole Group Activity:
Discuss journal entry responses and the purpose of the words.
Small Group Activity:
Students will be divided into groups of 2-4. Each group will be assigned one of the six core values. The teacher
will give students copies of the word map or poster paper and these instructions for students to complete:
TASK 1: Write the core value that your group has been assigned in the center box.
TASK 2: As a group, define the core value in your own words.
TASK 3: Identify a minimum of 3 synonyms for your group’s core value.
TASK 4: Identify a minimum of 3 antonyms for your group’s core value.
TASK 5: Recognize real life examples of people who embody your group’s core value.
Whole Group Activity:
Individual groups will present the core value definition, synonyms, antonyms, and examples to the class. Class
members will then compare and contrast the words and identify what they have in common. Discuss how they
may be related to one another.
Concluding Activity:
The class will be asked to discuss the values and how the values relate to their lives. Individually, students will write
about someone who displays one of the values and how he/she displays that value. Students will also write about how
they can incorporate these values into their daily lives.
Assessment:
Discussion, poster, essay, presentations, and connections to real-life examples
Extended Activity:
Instead of using personal examples, students can watch the video of any Medal of Honor Recipient or Citizen Honors
awardee to find examples of one of the values.
Resources:
Core Values Word Map Template

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Selfless Service

OBJECTIVES
Students will:
identify individuals who selflessly serve others
analyze the impact those people have on their communities
reflect on how they can embody the admirable qualities they recognize in others
Introductory Activity:
The teacher will ask students to write a short paragraph describing individuals who they know who
have dedicated themselves to serving others. Students should answer these questions in their paragraphs:
Who is a person that you know who has dedicated himself/herself to serving others?
In what ways does this person serve others?
Why does this person stand out to you?
How do you think this person would want his/her service to be remembered?
What are some adjectives you would use to describe this person?
Small Group Activity:
Students will work in partner groups to discuss the people they wrote about. Students are encouraged
to share only what they are comfortable discussing.
Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will lead a group discussion by asking for volunteers to share about the people they
wrote about.
Small Group Activity:
Students will work in partner groups to discuss common themes that they heard as their peers shared
out their responses. Students should discuss:
types of individuals who were recognized
how these individuals would like their service to be remembered
adjectives used to describe these individuals
Concluding Activity:
Students will be asked to write a short reflection about how they perceive their current service to others,
how they can improve their own service to others, and how they would like to be remembered by others.
The class will be asked to discuss the values and how the values relate to their lives. Individually,
students will write about someone who displays one of the values and how he/she displays that value.
Students will also write about how they can incorporate these values into their daily lives.
Assessment:
Initial writing, discussion, and final reflection
Resources:
Worksheet

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Medal of Honor: What Does It Mean?

OBJECTIVES
Students will:
learn the history and meaning of the Medal of Honor
explore the story of a Medal of Honor Recipient
present findings to the class
Introductory Activity:
Students will use the worksheet to rate their knowledge of the Medal of Honor.
Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will take a survey to see how the class rates collectively on their knowledge and will lead
a discussion on any facts that individual students know.
Students will preview the questions for the introductory video, “Medal of Honor: In Their Own Words,”
and will be instructed to listen for the answers as they watch.
Small Group/Individual Activity:
After viewing “Medal of Honor: In Their Own Words,” students will work individually or in partner groups
to complete the answers to the questions on the worksheet. The teacher will direct students to use the
following resources to watch the video again and to find more in-depth information:
www.themedalofhonor.com
www.cmohs.org
Small Group Activity:
In groups of 2-4, students will choose a Medal of Honor Recipient to research. They will then present
their findings to their classmates in an engaging way: presentation board, PowerPoint presentation,
video presentation, web resource, or other final product. Students will use the outline worksheet
to find the required information for each Recipient.
Whole Group Activity:
Students will present their final product to the class.
Concluding Activity:
The teacher will conduct an informal discussion of each project.
Assessment:
Presentation
Resources:
“Medal of Honor: In Their Own Words” video, computers, Internet access, worksheet

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Citizen Service Before Self Honors: What Does It Mean?

OBJECTIVES
Students will:
learn the history and meaning of the Citizen Service Before Self Honors award
explore the story of a Citizen Honors awardee
present findings to the class
Introductory Activity:
Students will use the worksheet to rate their knowledge of the Citizen Service Before Self Honors
(also called Citizen Honors) award.
Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will take a survey to see how the class rates collectively on their knowledge and will
lead a discussion on any facts that individual students know.
Students will preview the questions for the introductory video “Introducing the Citizen Honors” and
will be instructed to listen for the answers as they watch.
Small Group/Individual Activity:
After viewing “Introducing the Citizen Honors,” students will work individually or in partner groups
to complete the answers the questions on the worksheet. The teacher will direct students to use
the following resource to watch the video again and to find more in-depth information:
www.themedalofhonor.com
Small Group Activity:
In groups of 2-4, students will choose a Citizen Honors awardee to research. They will then present
their findings to their classmates in an engaging way: presentation board, PowerPoint presentation,
video presentation, web resource, or other final product. Students will use the outline worksheet
to find the required information for each awardee.
Whole Group Activity:
Students will present their final product to the class.
Concluding Activity:
The teacher will conduct an informal discussion of each project.
Assessment:
Presentation
Resources:
“Introducing the Citizen Honors” video, worksheet, computers

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