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Medal of Honor Character Values

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Middle and High School Language Arts

Students will:
• Research, define and interpret vocabulary that relates to those values portrayed by Medal of Honor recipients.
• Use these definitions and interpretations in an informational essay.

Medal of Honor Focus: Any Medal of Honor recipient may be considered in this project.

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will place the following vocabulary words that relate to the values portrayed by the Medal of Honor
recipients on the classroom board: courage, integrity, patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and sacrifice. Students
will write a journal entry about what they feel these words have in common and why they would have been placed
on the board.

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher and students will discuss journal entry responses and the purpose of the words.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will use dictionaries and a thesaurus to look up the definition, provide synonyms and antonyms, a sentence,
and a picture for each of the six vocabulary words.
Following individual dictionary work, students will be assigned to a group. Each group will receive one of the six
vocabulary words. Groups will be asked to create a poster of their word. Students will include a definition, synonyms
and antonyms, a sentence, a picture, and a “real life” example of the word in the poster.

Whole Group Activity:
Individual groups will present the character value to the class. Class members will then compare and contrast the
words and identify what they have in common. Discuss how they may be related to one another.

Concluding Activity:
The class will be asked to discuss the values and how the values relate to their lives. Individually, students will
write about someone who displays one of the values and how he/she displays that value. Students will write about
how they can incorporate these values into their daily life.

Discussion, poster, essay, presentations, and connections to real-life examples

Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.
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