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Middle and High School Leadership, Citizen Honors

One Class Session

Students will:

  • explain what role they play in and how they can be part of a positive society through service, sacrifice and commitment

Citizens Honors Focus: 
Myles Eckert

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will list the examples below on the board and then have students determine the earliest age at which they think the average person would be able to complete the following tasks: 

Examples: Not limited to…

Earn a bachelor’s degree:                                            Earn a high school diploma:

Climb Mt. Everest:                                                        Raise $2,000,000 for charity:

Change brakes on a car:                                                  Write a novel:

Individual Activity:
Hand out the activity sheet on Myles Eckert and ask students to complete questions 1 and 2. Ask for volunteers to share what they wrote.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will show the video on Myles Eckert. Following the video discuss thoughts and impressions as a class. Then ask each student to write on the board one or two traits that Myles exhibited.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will now answer questions 3 and 4 on the worksheet. If the class does not have access to the Internet, students can discuss with the teacher various groups or clubs they know or have heard of.

Concluding Activity:
Students will answer question 5. The teacher will then invite students to share what they wrote and what they can do as an individual at their age to better their society.


Myles Eckert video, worksheet

Extended Activity:
Teacher will invite leaders of various school groups or clubs, or leaders of local community groups or non-profits, to come and share with your class.

In Their Own Words

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