Heroic Citizenship

Heroic citizenship is not just shown by someone who rescues people from car accidents or burning buildings. They are people who help others in their community

Heroic Citizenship - Character Counts
Grade Level: 6-12

 

Character Skills
  • Good Citizenship
SEL Skills
  • Self-Awareness
Academic Skills
  • Curiosity and Passion

Definitions

Good Citizenship
  • Do your share to make your home, school, and community better.
  • Cooperate.
  • Stay informed. Vote.
  • Be a good neighbor.
  • Make choices that protect the safety and rights of others.
  • Protect the environment.
Self-Awareness

Identify and understand emotions, values, attitudes, motivations, mindsets, and personal attributes.

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic to understand more about themselves, others, and the world around them.

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Students will read stories of teenage heroism, define the qualities of heroic citizens, and discuss how young people can be courageous.

Materials/Preparation
Instructions
  • Ask students how they would describe a heroic citizen.
  • Students should create a list of words they use to define a heroic citizen. They  could use sticky notes to stick on poster paper or use an online word cloud generator (For example, TagxedoPollEverywhere, or Word Cloud Generator)
  • Ask students to discuss with a partner:
    • Do you believe society thinks teenagers can be heroic citizens? Why or why not? 
Small-Group Reading and Discussion Prompt
  • Ask students to read the 9 stories of heroic teens in small groups.
      • How did the teens in the stories show heroism?
      • Did anything surprise you in the stories?
Large Group Discussion Prompt
  • Why do you believe teenagers may not always be considered examples of heroic citizenship?

Student Reflection

  • Think about someone you know who contributes to their community. Why are they a hero?
  • What are ways that you show heroism by helping others in your community?

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