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A Student of Mine

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Middle and High School Language Arts, Social Studies, Citizen Honors

LESSON TIME:
Three Class Sessions


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • determine that the Citizen Honors awardees display many of the same values as Medal of Honor Recipients
  • relate the character values demonstrated by the Citizen Honors awardees to teachers in their own schools
  • identify the values demonstrated by Jencie Fagan and support with evidence from the video
  • respond in writing to the video about the situation facing Jencie Fagan on March 14, 2006


Citizen Honors Focus: 
Jencie Fagan


Note to teacher: 
If students need background information about Citizen Honors, start with Lesson A4.


Introductory Activity:

The teacher will ask the students to write a response to the following sentences, allowing approximately fifteen minutes to write and share with a partner, then the whole group.

If you were in school and a problem arose that you needed to discuss, what teacher or counselor would you feel comfortable talking with about the situation? Explain at least two qualities that this person possesses that would allow you to freely speak with him or her.

After the students write their responses, the teacher will explain the significance of the Citizen Honors given each year at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, as part of Medal of Honor Day. The teacher will explain that physical education teacher Jencie Fagan was the first honoree and the first woman to be awarded the Citizen Honors, in March of 2007. As a private citizen, Jencie Fagan displayed many of the same attributes as our Medal of Honor Recipients.


Whole Group Activity:
Students will view the video that explains the situation at Pine Middle School in Reno, Nevada, on March 14, 2006. The teacher will lead students in a brief discussion about Jencie Fagan. The instructor will ask students if Jencie Fagan demonstrated any of the values of the person mentioned in their individual responses written in the introductory activity.


Small Group Activity:
The teacher will ask students in small groups to determine which of the Medal of Honor values Jencie Fagan’s actions most exemplified: courage, commitment, citizenship, sacrifice, integrity, or patriotism. The groups may select more than one value to analyze but will have to provide evidence for their responses. The groups also will be given quotations from the video. The groups will choose which quotations to use as evidence for their selected value(s). Each group will write their value(s) on the top of the paper and record the selected quotations and their rationale underneath.


Whole Group Activity:
Each group will share their conclusions with the entire class and explain the evidence for their selection of the value(s).


Concluding Activity: 
Students will write in response to one of the following RAFT assignments.

 

ROLE of the writer

(Who are you as the writer?)

 

AUDIENCE

(To whom are you writing?)

 

FORMAT of the writing

 

TOPIC of the writing

 

Kendra Hess (student who appears in the video)

 

 

 

Jencie Fagan

 

 

 

Poem

 

 

Praising Jencie Fagan’s actions

 

 

 

Jencie Fagan

 

 

 

Self

 

 

 

Diary Entry

 

 

Her feelings on the day of the incident

 

 

Principal of the Middle School

 

 

Faculty of the Middle School

 

 

 

Speech

 

 

Crediting Jencie Fagan for her actions

 

 

FREE CHOICE APPROVED BY TEACHER

 

 

 


In their response, students will provide two examples of how Jencie Fagan demonstrated the same values as a Medal of Honor Recipient they have studied.


Assessment:
Response to introductory activity, participation in class discussion, completion/sharing of the small group activity based on the values, and completion of the RAFT Activity according to teacher specifications


Resources:
Jencie Fagan video, quotation sheet

In Their Own Words

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