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Sacrifice Forward

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School English, Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will:
• Define sacrifice.
• Identify how one sacrifice can have a ripple effect on others.

Citizen Service Before Self Honoree Focus:
 Dr. Jordy Cox, Trauma Surgeon, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will ask students several questions:
“What happens when you drop a pebble in a pond of water? What happens when you
shout into a cave or empty room?"

Ask students to explain their responses. The teacher will lead a discussion focused
on these questions and answers. The pebble dropped into the water causes ripples
and the shout into the cave echoes. In the same way, one sacrifice can have a ripple
effect on others.

Whole Group Activity:
Students will watch the vignette featuring Dr. Jordy Cox.While watching the vignette,
students will record the examples of sacrifice seen in it.

Small Group Activity:
After the vignette is completed, the students will discuss their responses in pairs
or small groups.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will lead a class discussion focused on the types of sacrifice seen in the vignette.
The class will also discuss the kinds of sacrifice not directly seen in the vignette (donations
of food/clothing, blood drives, and co-workers willing to take on extra work while Dr. Cox
volunteers, etc.).

Individual Activity:
Students will write an essay to explain the ripple effect discussed in the introductory activity
and how they observed that effect in the vignette. Students will include how Dr. Jordy Cox’s
actions exemplified sacrifice and why he was chosen
for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors.

Concluding Activity:
Students will list ways that they could sacrifice forward and be a part of a ripple effect
that helps others.

Essay, list

Citizen Honors

Extended Activities:
1. Students will select a community or school group and volunteer their time and effort supporting that cause.
    Students will write about their experience doing community service.
2. Students can do research on the Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) program and where
    the doctors go to help others. Students will also be encouraged to relate their findings about Doctors Without Borders.

Citizen Honors - Jordy Cox