Perseverance - 3

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Definition: Perseverance means the ability to get through difficult tasks without giving up.

Discussion Points

  • What are examples of tasks/skills that are difficult for you?
  • What are some things you can do to show perseverance?
  • Why is perseverance an important trait for a person to have?
  • Do you think you can be successful in life without perseverance? Why or why not?

Review Discussion Points:

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Play a Game of Concentration

  • Get out a set of playing cards and lay them all out on the floor face down.
  • Have the kids take turns trying to find a matching set.
  • Concentration is good for learning patience and perseverance. It forces kids to take their time, and recall the previous cards selected.
  • Idea Collage

    • Teacher poses a question, or asks for examples of a lesson discussion point.
    • Using chart paper, the teacher labels the sheet with a discussion point or question.
    • Have students write responses on sticky notes, draw a picture, or cut images/words from a magazine.
    • Instruct students post responses on chart paper.

Activity 1: What Is Perseverance?

Ask students what they think the word perseverance means. Make a list of student responses on the board or chart paper. Assign students to small groups our work individually with the student. Present responses using a quote relating to perseverance. Have each group discuss what the quote meant to them.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
  • Perseverance quotes copied from below and cut into strips
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston S. Churchill “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” - Theodore Roosevelt
“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”- Oliver Goldsmith "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” - Julie Andrews “It's not whether you get knocked down; its whether you get back up” - Vince Lombardi

Activity 2: Demonstrating Perseverance

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Skills Needed

As a group, develop a list of qualities needed to help us persevere in difficult situations. (Ex. bravery, flexibility, resilience, determination, self-confidence).

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt:Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which character one is experiencing a situation where it is important to persevere. A reason for why perseverance is difficult in this scenario. Suggestions to come up with a solution or ideas on how character one can use perseverance to experience success. Use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Think of a person you know who has demonstrated perseverance, overcome an obstacle or challenge in his or her life. Share that person’s experience.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: What qualities do you possess that will help you persevere in difficult situations? List them below:

    What qualities do you wish to improve that could help you persevere through difficult situations? List them below:

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Answer the questions.

    1. In your own words, describe what perseverance means.

    2. Share about a time you had to persevere through a difficult situation.