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Sacrifice Without Borders

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

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

One to Two Class Sessions

Students will:

  • identify the elements of an effective newspaper article
  • determine that the Citizen Honors awardees display many of the same values as Medal of Honor Recipients
  • identify values of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity or commitment as exemplified by Dr. Jordy Cox

Citizen Honors Focus: 
Dr. Jordy Cox

Introductory Activity:
Students will write a headline for a newspaper article that tells the story of something that happened to them during the week.

Small Group Activity:
Students will share their headline with a partner. Taking turns, each partner will share his/her headline. After sharing the headline, students will then write a brief summary of the events that took place to create a news story. The listening partner will take notes on the talking partner’s story using question list #1 on the worksheet.

Small Group Activity:
Students will watch the video about Dr. Jordy Cox and individually fill out question list #2 on the worksheet. The teacher will explain that Dr. Cox was a recipient of the Citizen Honors because of sustained and superior action over a period of time.

In groups of four, students will compare notes to create a collaborative group chart. Each group will use the chart to construct a newspaper article based on the events. Review video as necessary.

Whole Group Activity:
Each group will share their newspaper article about Dr. Jordy Cox with the class.

Concluding Activity:
Students will think of an example from their own lives when a person acted with one or more of the Medal of Honor values. They will use the questions and strategies from this activity to construct a personal “service before self” newspaper article detailing the event.

“Service before self” newspaper articles

Jordy Cox video, worksheet

In Their Own Words

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