Students will:

  • determine that the Citizen Honors awardees display many of the same attributes as Medal of Honor Recipients
  • relate the character values demonstrated by a Citizen Honors awardee to those of a Medal of Honor Recipient they have studied
  • identify the character values demonstrated by David Bryan and support their choices with evidence from the video
  • write in response to the video about the situation facing David Bryan
Middle and High SchoolSocial Studies, Language Arts, Citizen Honors

Two Class Sessions

Citizen Honors FocusDavid Bryan

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will ask students to write about the following quotation for approximately fifteen minutes, then share with a partner, and finally the whole group.

Directions to students:

Please read the following quotation from the video we are about to study:

“Basically, our life as human beings is how we interact with one another, and every little piece of yourself that you give to someone else carries on, and they are going to pass that to someone else.”

Explain what this quotation means to you. Explain how a lesson in life has been passed on to you that you hope to pass down through generations as well. Perhaps your mother always remembered a needy family during the holidays and you hope to continue the tradition, or your father’s example of kindness towards someone in need is a character trait or value that you hope to develop.

After students write and share responses, the teacher will explain the significance of the Citizen Honors (refer back to Lesson A4). The teacher will explain that David Bryan, who lived near Kansas City, Missouri, was honored for going above and beyond by valiantly rescuing a motorist from a burning automobile. The teacher will explain that as a private citizen, David Bryan displayed many of the same values as Medal of Honor Recipients: courage, commitment, citizenship, sacrifice, integrity, and patriotism.

Whole Group Activity:
Students will view David Bryan’s video. The teacher will lead students in a brief discussion of their impressions of David Bryan. Students should reflect on whether he demonstrated any of the character values of the person mentioned in their individual responses to the introductory activity.

Small Group Activity:
Students will be asked to take on the following roles in small groups:

  • Questioners- What unanswered questions do you have about the actions of David Bryan? What three questions would you ask him if you could?
  • Visualizers- Draw an impactful scene from the video. Explain why the scene is a significant part of the video.
  • Concluders- What conclusions can you draw about David Bryan and Michael Nolte after hearing their story? What evidence led you to these conclusions?
  • Inferencers- What inferences can be drawn from the account of these two men?
  • Predictors- What predictions would you make about David Bryan and Michael Nolte’s actions in the future?
  • Connectors- What connections can you make to this video: text-to-text, text-to-world, text-to-me? Explain the rationale for these connections.

Concluding Activity:
Students will share their work with the whole group after completing these tasks. The teacher will revisit the quotation that the students wrote about in the introductory activity and ask students to discuss how it reflects David Bryan’s values.

Individually, students will list and explain at least two ways in which David Bryan and a Medal of Honor Recipient they have studied are alike.

Participation in the introductory activity, participation in class discussion, completion of small group activity including share out, individual student list

David Bryan video