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
Middle and High SchoolLanguage Arts, Creative Writing, Social Studies, Citizen Honors

One to Two Class Sessions

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