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Commitment: Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry

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Sixth Commitment

60 minutes

Students will:

  • Identify and analyze examples of commitment in a text
  • Annotate the text using color coordination
  • Cite text-based evidence
  • Make inferences about commitment based on the text

Medal of Honor Focus: Leroy Petry

Materials Needed:

Introductory Activity:
Ask students to answer the question “What does commitment mean to you?” in their journals or on a piece of paper.

Whole Group Activity:
Pass out the Leroy Petry article, and display the Close Reading Highlighter Colors Anchor Chart.

Write the following open-ended questions on the board:

  • As a young child, what could have kept Leroy Petry from obtaining his future goals?
  • In what ways did he make changes in his life to achieve his goals?
  • What obstacles did he face during his actions in Afghanistan?
  • How did he display commitment after his career in the military?

Model with the students how to properly cite text-based evidence using the green highlighter for the first open-ended question.

Small Group Activity:
Have students work together in groups of two to three to answer the remaining open-ended questions, citing evidence from the text.

Concluding Activity:
Show Leroy Petry’s Living History video. After the video, have students compare their notes on commitment to examples they saw in the video.

Class participation, close-reading assignment