Students will:

  • Research, define, and interpret the six core values
  • Use these definitions and interpretations in an informational essay
Third – Sixth GradePatriotism, Citizenship, Commitment, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice

45 minutes

Materials Needed:

Introductory Activity (Optional):
Write or project the six core values of the program on the classroom board: courage, integrity, patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and sacrifice. Instruct students to write a journal entry about what they feel these words have in common and why they have been placed on the board.

Whole Group Activity (Optional):
Discuss journal entry responses and the purpose of the values.

Small Group Activity:
Divide students into groups of two to four. Assign each group one of the six core values. Give students copies of the word map or poster paper and these instructions for students to complete:

  • TASK 1: Write the core value that your group has been assigned in the center box.
  • TASK 2: As a group, define the core value in your own words.
  • TASK 3: Identify a minimum of three synonyms for your group’s core value.
  • TASK 4: Identify a minimum of three antonyms for your group’s core value.
  • TASK 5: Leave the “Examples” box on the word map blank.

Check for understanding of vocabulary before moving on to the next activity.

Whole Group Activity:
As a class, watch the video about Citizen Honors awardee Myles Eckert. Have the students look for examples of their group’s core value as they watch.

Small Group Activity:
After the video ends, reconvene the groups and have students write examples of their core value from the video in the final space on the word map. Additionally, they can go back and update their definition, synonyms, and antonyms, noting any edits with an asterisk.

Whole Group Activity:
Have individual groups present their core value definition, synonyms, antonyms, and examples to the class. Ask class members to compare and contrast the words and identify what they have in common. Discuss how the values are related to one another.

Concluding Activity:
Lead a discussion on the values and how they relate to the students’ lives. Have students write an essay about someone who displays one of the values and how he or she displays that value. In their conclusion or as a separate assignment, have students write about how they can incorporate these values into their daily lives.

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

* This video originally aired on February 28th, 2014 on CBS’s Evening News – On the Road with Steve Hartman.