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Activity 4:  Building Character (GLEs: 23, 24, 25)

Materials List: Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart BLM

Display the terms community citizen and citizenship.  Discuss with the students the meaning of these words.  Explain to students that good citizens have special character traits.  Provide students with a list of character traits.  Have them complete a self-assessment of their knowledge of the words using a vocabulary self-awareness chart (view literacy strategy descriptions) like the one below.  Do not give students definitions or examples at this stage.  Ask students to rate their understanding of each word with either a “+” (understands well), “√” (limited understanding or unsure), or a “-” (don’t know).  Throughout the unit students should be told to return often to the chart and add new information to it.  The goal is to replace all the check marks and minus signs with plus signs.  (See the Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart BLM and the sample below.)

Citizenship - Character Traits





















Throughout the year, the teacher should use a variety of activities that focus on building character traits: responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, etc.

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