Children reflect on the issue of respect in journal-writing exercises and discussions.
1. Either as a take-home or in-class assignment, have the youngsters write short entries in a "respect journal." First, discuss what it means to be respectful. Write down the following points on the chalkboard and tell them to list these on the first page of their journals as a reminder of what respect means: upholding the Golden Rule (treating others as you would like to be treated), resolving conflicts nonviolently, showing courtesy and consideration to everyone.
2. This activity should be done with regularity (every day, every other day, or once a week) and followed by a discussion about what they've written. Have them make journal entries about respect beginning with the following sentence stems:
This lesson is from the Good Ideas book, available for purchase from the CHARACTER COUNTS! online store: http://www.charactercounts.org/materials
Inspired by How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies by Kate Cohen-Posey (Highland City, FL: Rainbow Books, 1995) and by ideas posted on www.familyeducation.com.
Standard 2. Uses conflict-resolution techniques.
Level IV, Benchmark 6. Determines the causes and potential sources of conflicts.