After giving students time to define the words (power, integrity, intolerance, and strength) in their journal (2-3 minutes), the teacher will discuss how these are common themes that appear in literature, but also appear in OUR lives on a daily basis. Regular people, as well as characters that we read about may battle over who is in charge or gets to make the decisions. We are faced with the choice to live our lives with integrity, or not (stealing or lying). People are intolerant of others or learn how to be tolerant, and we all must look inside the strength we have in ourselves to keep going when something bad happens to us, or to work harder when we really want something. The teacher will read a short article from Teen Ink, a monthly print magazine. The entry is a first-hand account of the writer’s experience with intolerance of his appearance and religious beliefs. With help of his grandfather’s wisdom, the writer is able to find the strength and integrity within himself to overcome the ignorance he encounters, and helps others to do the same. Students will first be asked to reflect silently on the meaning of the story and its connection to the four defined words. Students will then be asked to journal about an experience they had with at least one of the four words (power, integrity, intolerance, and strength).