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Courage Can Begin with a Dot

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Suggested Subject Matter

First Courage

LESSON TIME:
60 minutes


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • Deepen their understanding of courage
  • Create a dot art project representing courage
  • Reflect on and analyze their experiences of being courageous


Materials Needed:


Introductory Activity:
Read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Ask the following guiding questions:

  • Why didn’t Vashti want to make her art?
  • How did her art teacher help her find the courage?
  • What happened next?
  • How did Vashti inspire courage in the little boy at the end of the story?
  • How can we be courageous in our classroom and lives?
  • How can we encourage others to be courageous in our class?


Individual Activity:
Have students create their own dots, either using a piece of paper and crayons/markers or a coffee filter and water colors. Tell students there is no wrong way to make their art, setting a tone of risk-taking and courage to try new things. Create gold frames if desired.


Concluding Activity:
Post all the dots in a prominent place, and allow students time to take a gallery walk around and observe each piece of art. Show the Character Club Courage video and reinforce the concept of courage with students.


Assessment:
Discussion and observation, dot project, reflection on activity, student participation