Students will:

  • define sacrifice
  • identify how one sacrifice can have a ripple effect on others
Middle and High SchoolLanguage Arts, Social Studies, Citizen Honors

One Class Session

Citizen Honors Focus: Dr. Jordy Cox

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 video featuring Dr. Jordy Cox. While watching the video, students will record the examples of sacrifice they observe.

Small Group Activity:
After the video 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 in the video. The class will also discuss the kinds of sacrifice not directly shown in the video (donations of food/clothing, blood drives, 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 video. 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

Jordy Cox  video


Extended Activities:

  1. Students will select a community or school service group and volunteer their time and effort supporting that cause. Students will write about their experiences 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.