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Grades 7-8

Grade Trait Literature Title and Summary
7-8 Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity Character Traits Character Traits: What Do They Mean? 
Students will learn the definitions for character traits related to respect, responsibility, and integrity. They will describe behavioral examples and non-examples of the character traits as they appear in their own lives at school, at home, and in the community. This activity will provide the students with a common language and an understanding of each character trait. This lesson will also prepare students for classroom experiences that will make connections between coursework and character development throughout the school year. (Three 40-minute periods.)
7 Respect and Integrity From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the Mixed-up of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Character Analysis 
Students will analyze one of the main characters in the novel, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in relation to several core ethical values. They will reflect on the character’s behaviors, thoughts, and motivations. Students will reflect on their own actions and words as well as take the perspective of that character and relate his/her experiences to their own lives. (Three 45-minute periods.)
6-7 Perseverance Bridges to Literature: Level II, McDougal Littell, 2002 Perseverance and I Prove Myself a Hunter 
Using the short story “I Prove Myself a Hunter” as a beginning point, students will connect the definition for perseverance with Paul, the main character in the story. The students will evaluate him and his actions based on this definition and see that the importance of having perseverance is the theme of this story. Students will reflect on how perseverance applies to their own lives. (Two to three 40-minute periods.)
7 Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity All About Me Essay Writing an Essay: All About Me 
Students will be led through the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and final draft) to write a five-paragraph autobiographical essay. Students will respond to a set of writing prompts for each paragraph which includes questions about how the character traits of respect, responsibility, and integrity relate to their lives and to reaching their school and personal goals. This essay can be used as a getting-to-know-you assignment at the beginning of the school year. (Three 50-minute class periods)