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Pure Determination: Wilma Rudolph

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

Third Commitment

40-50 minutes

Students will:

  • Understand the meaning of commitment
  • Understand the connection between effort and commitment

Materials Needed:

Introductory Activity:
Watch the Character Club Commitment video. Discuss the meaning of the words obstacle, overcome, commitment, and effort.

Whole Group Activity:
Read Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull. When finished, brainstorm together and list the facts about Wilma Rudolph presented in the book. Discuss which of these facts demonstrate commitment as explained in the video shown at the beginning of class.

Ask students to be looking for these examples of commitment as they watch the following video. Show the video “Wilma Rudolph’s Incredible Career.” Using the information in the book and the video, discuss the obstacles Wilma Rudolph overcame. How did she demonstrate effort? How do her actions reflect commitment as explained in the character video?

Individual Activity:
Have students write a paragraph about how Wilma Rudolph demonstrated commitment, including one example from the book and one example from the video. They should include the words commitment, effort, obstacle, and overcome in their paragraphs.

Concluding Activity:
Allow students to share aloud their paragraphs on Wilma Rudolph. As a class, discuss how the students plan to show commitment in their own lives. Challenge them to stick to their commitments.

Participation in discussion, written paragraph