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Medal of Honor Focus: William Johnston
Ask students to create a list of synonyms of commitment.
Read aloud or have students read the "The Story of the Drummer Boy" handout about William "Willie" Johnston. While reading, post the picture of Willie on the board.
Whole Group Activity:
Using the following questions, engage students in a discussion of their observations about Willie, with special attention to his attire, footwear and drum.
Small Group Activity:
Have the students gather in small groups; then, have the groups compare Willie's story to instances in their school or community where individuals show commitment. Next, have each group share their ideas and examples with the entire class. Challenge students to consider how the commitments of the individuals in the examples impacted others.
Have students write a journal entry about a time they demonstrated commitment and how and why their actions were important to others.