Recognizing Strengths - 3

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Teachers

Definition: A character strength is something that an individual is good at.

Discussion Points

  • Character is a combination of a person’s beliefs, values and abilities.
  • Character strengths are those beliefs, values and abilities a person does well.
  • Character strengths are not just physical or academic abilities.
  • Character strengths can be personality traits.

Discuss with students what a strength is. Review the discussion points.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Reciprocal Questioning: Divide students into pairs or small groups. Have the pairs/groups develop questions using to ask other pair/groups about the discussion points. Provide “anchor questions” (Why is character important? How can a person’s character strengths help them in life?). Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using their questions.

Activity 1: Character Strengths

As a group develop a list of positive character traits and discuss what they mean. (Ex. cooperative, honest, brave) Save the list for activity 2 and 3.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Strengths in Friends

Review the positive character traits from activity 1. Partner students or allow them to draw names from a basket. Have students complete student activity sheet A about their partner.

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

Activity 3: Writing Prompt

Review the positive character traits from activity 1. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • List from activity 1
  • 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 identifying strengths. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Identifying a character strength in a character, creating a scenario in which character can demonstrate his/her character strength, strengths are recognized and an example is given on how the strength can be used in other situations, 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 time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

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

    Students

    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Complete the questions.

    Partners name:

    My partner shows the character strength of .

    I think this because

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Every Marvel or DC Comic character has a super power. Choose a superhero with a character strength you would like to have. Finish the writing prompt using the directions below. Write a paragraph which includes the following;

    • Topic Sentence
    • At Least 3 Examples of Character Strengths
    • Make a Real World Connection by Incorporating an Individual You Know Personally or Admire that Demonstrates on of the Character Strengths *Consider allowing students to choose an athlete or person of their choice with character strengths they admire.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: List 5 character strengths you have learned as well as one person you know who demonstrates his/her strength.