How can we prepare ourselves to be heroic when someone is in need?
This lesson is written as a 3-day mini unit and will be best received as a follow-up after teaching the other lessons within this theme. First, students review what it means to be a hero. Then, they focus on defining 6 specific traits and skills most heroes have in common that will help them to understand what being heroic really entails. Next, they complete some activities related to those traits to prepare themselves to be heroes. Finally, students will apply the skills and traits they studied to complete a class service project. They learn that it is never too early to prepare to become a hero, so they are able to act heroically when the opportunity presents itself. If you are not in a position to complete the service project on day 3 you can still teach days 1 and 2.
Students will be able to…
Explain what skills and traits help to make someone a hero.
Identify steps for preparing to act heroically.
Develop specific heroic traits and skills.
Create a plan for completing a service project.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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