A consistent weekly format utilizing ethical dilemmas, lectures, character movie segments, current events, role model readings, basic skills and expository writing assignments is implemented to provide a framework for stable learning. Each lesson plan ties into a specific learning style, i.e. small and large group discussion, lecture format, visual learning, reading, peer learning and written work. There is a 100% fit between the curriculum and the textbook, Role Models: Examples of Character and Leadership. After teaching this course for several years, the author realized that students need to learn about real people who exemplify each of the traits studied in the curriculum. Students need positive role models to look up to and emulate, thereby raising the bar of expectations. This book allows students to read about a remarkable person who exemplifies the character trait of the week.
This research-based curriculum is designed to improve the character and leadership traits among high school and middle school students. It can be used as a stand alone course, integrated into other courses or used as the basis for a home-room or advisory concepts.
What separates this curriculum from other "soft skills" curricula is an emphasis on reading and writing. Each week students write a two-page essay and read a chapter from the Role Models text book. The literature is clear that all curricula needs to be rigorous and academically challenging. There are high expectations placed on each child - students can't just show up and get an A in this course. We also designed the weekly topics to be relevant and meaningful to a child's life. It is very important that every student understands how each lesson plan will impact their future. Detailed lesson plans, overheads, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, final exams, syllabi, grading scales and everything necessary to teach this course is included with this curriculum.