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
Middle and High SchoolLanguage Arts, Social Studies, Citizen Honors

Three Class Sessions

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

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.

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

Jencie Fagan video, quotation sheet