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					CHARACTER
  COUNTS!
Using the Sun Sentinel to Promote Good Character




Special “Take-Home” Insert Inside: Character Education Activities for Families.
    CHARACTER COUNTS!
    Table of Contents
    Trustworthiness                    page 3-4

    Respect                            page 5-7

    Responsibility                   page 8-10

    Parent/Student Take-Home Insert                                    About this curriculum:
                                                                       Character Counts - Using the Sun Sentinel to Promote Good Character
                                                                       was written in response to the Florida Legislature Senate Bill 20E, a
    Caring                         page 11-13                          section of which mandated that character education is expanded to
                                                                       include grades K-12. For more information about the basis for this
    Fairness                       page 14-15                          program, go to: www.charactercounts.org


    Citizenship                    page 16-18                          About the Sun Sentinel Kids of Character program:
                                                                       Sun Sentinel “Kids of Character” is a partnership with Palm Beach
    Resources                           page 19                        County Schools and Publix Super Markets to honor students for doing
                                                                       exemplary deeds, at home, in school, and in the community.

                                                                       A message from Palm Beach County Schools:
                                                                       Monthly Character Education Newsletters for elementary and
                                                                       secondary educators are available online at the Prevention Center
                                                                       website: www.pbcpreventioncenter.com. For additional resources and
                                                                       information, contact Susan Knight, Character Education Coordinator,
                                                                       at knight@palmbeach.k12.fl.us or by telephone (561) 494-1560.




                                                                      Credits:
                                                                      Written by: Ellen Schatz
                                                                      Edited By: Debbie Rahamim, Sun Sentinel
                                                                      Designed by: Erin Silver, Sun Sentinel




                              About the Sun Sentinel News In Education program:
                              Throughout the school year, the Sun Sentinel NIE program provides newspapers, both digital and print, to South Florida schools at no
                              charge. Our goal has been to help teachers help their students, promote literacy, encourage hands-on learning using the newspaper,
                              and help students stay up-to-date on the world around them. Another key focus of our program is providing curriculum materials, like
                              Character Counts! to enhance lessons in the classroom across all subject areas. These complimentary booklets are aligned with the
                              Sunshine State Standards.

2                             For more information about Sun Sentinel News in Education and to download educational materials,
                              visit our website at: www.SunSentinel.com/nie
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Quote:
“H
“Honesty is the first chapter
in the book of wisdom.”
  T
– Thomas Jefferson

                                                 TRUSTWORTHINESS
   Trustworthiness – A trustworthy person is someone who is honest, loyal,
   has integrity and is reliable.


         Elementary Level:
         ACTIVITY 1: TRUSTWORTHY COMICS
         Look in the COMICS section of the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition. Find examples of trustworthiness in each comic’s story line
         or through what the characters are saying. On the lines below, write the 5W’s about what is happening in the strip. Be sure
         to write about how trustworthiness is being demonstrated.

         WHO? _______________________________________________________________________
         WHAT? ______________________________________________________________________
         WHEN?______________________________________________________________________
         WHERE? ____________________________________________________________________
         WHY? _______________________________________________________________________
         HOW? _______________________________________________________________________

         ACTIVITY 2:
         In the box provided, draw a comic strip about yourself and a situation in which you displayed trustworthiness. Remember to
         include all the people (characters) that were involved in your act of trustworthiness. Share your comic strip with your class.


          My Comic on Trustworthiness




         Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.1.6.1, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.4.2.3, VA.A.1.2, VA.B.1.2, LA.3.6.4.1




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        Secondary Level:
        ACTIVITY 1: TRUSTWORTHY ACTIONS
        Go online and access the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or www.SunSentinel.com for articles about people whose actions were not trustworthy.
        Write down the action(s) that you find in each article in list format on a piece of paper. Next to each dishonest act, write the trustworthy
        resolution to the situation.


           UNTRUSTWORTHY ACTION                                                   TRUSTWORTHY RESOLUTION
           Example: A man robbed an electronics store.                            Never steal; pay for what you want or need.

        In the chart provided below, write about two untrustworthy situations in which you found yourself. Were you dishonest or unreliable or
        disloyal at some time? What happened? Why? Fill in each section on the chart below, telling the reasons that you were untrustworthy,
        the thoughts behind your actions and what the truthful and trustworthy resolutions are to each situation.


           A. DISHONEST ACTION                                                    B. REASON FOR DISHONESTY
           example: “I don’t have any homework today.”                            example: “I want to go to the basketball game with my friends.”

     1. ____________________________________________                           1. ____________________________________________
           ____________________________________________                           ____________________________________________

     2. ____________________________________________                           2. ____________________________________________
           ____________________________________________                           ____________________________________________


           C. THOUGHT BEHIND DISHONEST ACTION                                     D. HONEST RESOLUTION
           example: “I don’t want my parents to keep me from going                example: “Ask my parents if I can go to the game tonight,
           to the game because I have homework.”                                  if I finish my homework right after school.”

     1. ____________________________________________                           1. ____________________________________________
           ____________________________________________                           ____________________________________________

     2. ____________________________________________                           2. ____________________________________________
           ____________________________________________                           ____________________________________________

    Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.6.4.1




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Quote:
“The best way to have
a friend is to be a friend.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


                                                     RESPECT
  RESPECT – A respectful person shows tolerance, acceptance, courtesy
  and non-violence toward people, places and things.



        Elementary Level:
        Activity 1: RESPECT YOURSELF AND ALL AROUND YOU!
        In order to keep the earth safe and healthy, we
        need to have respect for the environment.

        How do you show respect for the environment?
        Do you recycle?
        Do you pick up litter and throw it in the trash?
        Do you do other things?

        Using the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or
        www.SunSentinel.com, find four examples of
        words and pictures that show ways to respect       ex. 1                              ex. 2
        the environment.

        Draw a large pie chart on a separate piece of
        paper. Divide your pie chart into four “pieces”
        (use the illustration on this page as a guide).
        Put each example that you found in a different               sample pie chart
        section of your pie chart. Label each section to
        describe how you are showing respect for the
        environment. For example: recycling, picking up
        trash, growing flowers, etc.
                                                           ex. 3                              ex. 4




                                                              Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.1.6.1, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.6.4.1




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                                                          Example: An acrostic poem for DEBBIE might be:


                                                                  D       -   Dolphin lover
                                                                  E       -   Enthusiastic
                                                                  B       -   Beautiful
                                                                  B       -   Bubbly
     ACTIVITY 2:                                                  I       -   Intelligent
     Having respect for yourself is very important.               E       -   Energetic
     Use the letters of your name to create an acrostic
     poem that tells about the kind of person you are.    Create your own acrostic poem about yourself in the space to below.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.4.1.2




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    Secondary Level:
    ACTIVITY 1: RESPECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS!
    Think about what the word “respect” means. What kind of qualities do you respect in another person? In the Sun Sentinel Digital
    Edition or at www.SunSentinel.com look for an article about a person whom you admire. In the space provided, write a list of qualities
    that you respect in that person. What did that person do to earn your respect?


     QUALITIES YOU RESPECT
     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________


     WHAT DID THEY DO TO EARN YOUR RESPECT?
     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________


     ACTIVITY 2:                                                  QUALITIES                   SITUATION
     Write down a list of adjectives that
     describe your respectful qualities,                              Polite
                                                              1. _______________________         I helped an older person cross the street.
                                                                                            1. ________________________________________________
     (example: polite, helpful, kind). Next
     to each word, write about a situation                        _______________________     ________________________________________________
     in which you used that quality to show                   2. _______________________    2. ________________________________________________
     respect, for yourself or someone
     else.                                                        _______________________     ________________________________________________
                                                              3. _______________________    3. ________________________________________________
                                                                  _______________________     ________________________________________________
                                                              4. _______________________    4. ________________________________________________
                                                                  _______________________     ________________________________________________
                                                              5. _______________________    5. ________________________________________________
                                                                  _______________________     ________________________________________________
                                                              6. _______________________    6. ________________________________________________
                                                                  _______________________     ________________________________________________

Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.6.4.1




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    Quote:
    “Know the good, love
    the good, do the good.”
    – Aristotle


                                          RESPONSIBILITY
    RESPONSIBILITY – A responsible person does what he/she is supposed to do, is
    accountable for his/her actions, pursues excellence and demonstrates self-control.



           Elementary Level:
           Activity 1:
           Responsibility Collage
           Use your Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or go
           to www.SunSentinel.com to find articles
           with words that describe responsibilities
           that you have at home, at school, and in
           your community. Write them in the box
           provided.




                                                                                                 RESPONSIBILITY            KIND
                                         Activity 2:
                                                                                          ex. Feed the dog
                                                                                  MON. _____________________                Home
                                                                                                                  __________________________
                                         Make a list of what your
                                         responsibilities are; one
                                                                                  TUES. _____________________     __________________________
                                         for each day of the week.
                                         Indicate what kind of                    WED. ______________________ __________________________
                                         responsibility it is: home,
                                         school or community.                     THURS.____________________      __________________________
                                                                                  FRI. _______________________    __________________________
                                                                                  SAT._______________________     __________________________
                                                                                  SUN. ______________________     __________________________
                                   Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.1.6.1, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.6.4.1



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Secondary Level:
ACTIVITY1: THE 5 W’S OF RESPONSIBILITY

In the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or at       WHO? ________________________________________________
www.SunSentinel.com, find an article about
someone acting responsibly. Look for the        WHAT? _______________________________________________
5 W’s in the article, and write them in the
chart to the right. Next, spend a few minutes   WHEN?_______________________________________________
thinking about a time you did or didn’t act
responsibly. In the space below, write a
short paragraph describing what happened
                                                WHERE? _____________________________________________
and why.
                                                WHY? ________________________________________________


 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 _____________________________________________________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 ________________________________________
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                                     Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.6.4.1




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     Secondary Level:
     ACTIVITY1: THINK ABOUT IT
     Demonstrating responsible behavior calls for occasional self-evaluation.
     Put a “Yes” or “No” next to any of the examples that apply to you:

     Do I accept the consequences for the choices I make?                                                          ___________

     Do I think about consequences before I act?                                                                   ___________

     Do I set realistic goals and think long-term?                                                                 ___________

     Do I try to set a good example for others?                                                                    ___________

     Do I know my responsibilities and meet my obligations?                                                        ___________

     Do I always try to do my best?                                                                                ___________
     Am I prepared to work hard?                                                                                   ___________

     Do I demonstrate self-control with my health, emotions, time and money?                                       ___________

     Do I persevere even when I want to give up?                                                                   ___________

     Do I try to keep a positive outlook?                                                                          ___________

     Do I act out of reason, not fear, revenge, or anger?                                                          ___________

     Am I working toward being self-reliant?                                                                       ___________

     Do I pay my own way whenever I can?                                                                           ___________

     If you answered “No” to any of these questions, make an effort to work on at least one of these responsible behaviors. If
     you have lots of “No” answers, just work on one or two behaviors at a time. Keep a journal or notebook of your efforts, and
     reward yourself when you succeed.

     Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.4.2.2, HE.6.B.3.5, HE.6.B.3.6




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TAKE-HOME INSERT
Ways to Promote Good Character
at Home and in Your Community
                                                                                                                                                         Publix Super Markets Character Education Activity Guide

CHARACTER COUNTS!
                                                                                  RESPONSIBILITY
                                                                                  Arresponsible person does what he/she is supposed to do, is accountable for

                                                                              3   his
                                                                                  his/her actions, pursues excellence and demonstrates self-control.




                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo cour tesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Debbie Raha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mim, Sun Senti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nel




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                                                                                                                                                                                  FAIRNESS
                                                                                                                                                                                  F

        TRUSTWORTHINESS
                                                                              4
                                                                                     CA
                                                                                     CARING
                                                                                     A caring person shows concern for others by being kind, helpful, compassionate
                                                                                       c
                                                                                     and charitable.
                                                                                                                                                                              5   A person who is fair plays by the rules, shares, is open-minded, listens and
                                                                                                                                                                                  do
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                                                                                                                                                                                  does not take advantage of others.

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        A trustworthy person is someone who is honest, loyal, has integrity

1       and is reliable.




                                                                                                                                                                                  CITIZENSHIP
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              RE
              RESPECT
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                                                                                                                                                                                  A good citizen respects authority, understands and demonstrates
                                                                                                                                                                                    h
                                                                                                                                                                                  a high regard for rules, laws and governments and protects the environment.

    2           re
              A respectful person shows tolerance, acceptance, courtesy
              and non-violence toward people, places and things.




                                                                                                                         Photo cour tesy
                                                                                                                                           of Frank Bena
                                                                                                                                                        vides, Sun Se
                                                                                                                                                                     ntinel
Quote:
“Those who bring
sunshine to the lives of
others cannot keep it
from themselves.”
      — James Barrie

                                                                         CARING
 CARING – A caring person shows concern for others by being kind, helpful, compassionate and charitable.



     Elementary Level:
     ACTIVITY 1: THE GIFT OF CARING
                                                                                                                ACTIVITY 2:
     Look through the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or go to www.SunSentinel.com for words and
     pictures that express caring. Find as many as you can. Write each word in the “gift box”                   On a separate piece of paper,
     below. Write the name of the person that you would like to give these “caring words,” and                  write down and/or draw a picture
     why you want to give your “gift” to this person.                                                           of an act of caring that you did
                                                                                                                for someone recently. Share your
                                                                                                                story with your classmates.




            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________________
            ________________________________________________________



     Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.1.6.1, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.4.2.3, VA.A.1.2, VA.B.1.2, LA.3.5.2.2




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     Secondary Level:
     ACTIVITY 1: AN ACT OF CARING
     THROUGH SERVICE
     There are many organizations in your community that need
     support. Divide your class into 5 or 6 groups. Do some
     research and find a needy organization that particularly
     interests your group and that you think you can help.
     You can look through the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or
     check out www.SunSentinel.com or the Internet to find
     deserving organizations.

     Once your group has decided on an organization, write
     a few sentences describing the organization, including
     details about what it does, its goals, and what kind of
     support is needed.

     Give at least three reasons why you think this organization
     is most deserving of your help.


     NAME: _______________________________________________________________________________
     DESCRIPTION: ________________________________________________________________________

     REASONS TO SUPPORT THIS ORGANIZATION:

     1. ____________________________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________________

     2. ____________________________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________________

     3. ____________________________________________________________________________________
     ______________________________________________________________________________________

     Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.6.2.1, LA.6.6.2.2, LA.6.6.2.3, LA.6 6.4.1




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            ACTIVITY 2:
            Discuss each group’s findings with your class.
            Then take the following steps:

            1. Choose one or two groups that you all agree needs
               the most support.
            2. Brainstorm ways that you might be able to help.
            3. Create a committee that will be responsible for
               contacting the organizations and offering your support.
               Organize other committees that are needed.
            4. Write down your next steps.
            5. Report your final results.



                     BRAINSTORMING SESSION                               EXAMPLES

                 ORGANIZATION(S) OR GROUP(S)
                    THAT MOST NEED HELP:



                      TYPE(S) OF HELP NEEDED:



                             WHAT WE CAN DO:



                                 COMMITTEES:



                               STEPS TO TAKE:



                               FINAL RESULTS:




Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.5.2.2




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     Quote:
     “When you are good to
     others you are best to
     yourself.”


                                                                               FAIRNESS
     – Benjamin Franklin




      FAIRNESS – A person who is fair plays by the rules, shares, is open-minded,
      listens and does not take advantage of others.




           Elementary Level:
           ACTIVITY 1: SHARING WITH OTHERS
           Search through your Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or on www.SunSentinel.com for an article, picture, advertisement or comic strip
           in which a person is sharing something with someone else. On the lines provided, write the 5W’s about what is happening in your
           picture, article or comic.

           WHAT IS BEING SHARED? ______________________________________________________________________
           WHO IS DOING THE SHARING? _________________________________________________________________
           WHERE IS IT HAPPENING? _____________________________________________________________________
           _______________________________________________________________________________________________
           WHY AND HOW ARE PEOPLE SHARING? ________________________________________________________
           _______________________________________________________________________________________________
           WHEN IS THE SHARING TAKING PLACE? _________________________________________________________

           ACTIVITY 2:
           Think of a time when you had
           a chance to share something
           with someone else. It could be
           sharing a toy, sharing of time
           (taking turns), sharing a snack,
           etc. In the box, draw a picture or
           a comic strip showing how you
           shared. Below your picture write
           two or three sentences about
           what you drew.


                                                               __________________________________________________________________
                                                               __________________________________________________________________

         Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.4.2.3, VA.A.1.2, VA.B.1.2, LA.3.6.4.1




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Secondary Level:
ACTIVITIES: FINDING FAIR SOLUTIONS
Divide your class into cooperative groups of no more than 5 people per group. Each group will look through the Sun Sentinel Digital
Edition or at www.SunSentinel.com for an article about a person or group of people that are being treated unfairly. Discuss the article
with your group. Pick one person in your group to take notes on the discussion.

Discuss the following points:




   consider “fair” vs. what is “fair” to them?




Brainstorm together.
Share your findings with the rest of your class.

For one week, write down examples of prejudice, stereotyping, or injustice that you see happening at home, at school or in your
community. Use a small notebook or journal to describe your observations, making sure to record specific details.

Discuss with your class some of your findings. Together brainstorm possible solutions to each problem, writing the different solutions
on the board. After debate and discussion, decide as a group what the best course of action would be and why.


Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.3.1.1, LA.6.5.2.1, LA.6.5.2.2, LA.6.6.4.1




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     Quote:
     “The strength of a nation
     lies in the character of its




                                                                               CITIZENSHIP
           — Francis Bacon




        rules, laws and governments and protects the environment.




                  Elementary Level:
                  ACTIVITY 1: CITIZENSHIP POSTER
                  How can you be a good citizen? Read the COMICS section of the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition. Choose your favorite comic character
                  and use him or her to create a poster that shows how to be a good citizen. Find or draw a picture of your comic character and glue
                  it to the poster board. Draw a scene and write a phrase on the poster board that shows how you can be a good citizen. For example,
                  Garfield says, “Go out and vote!” or “Snoopy always throws his trash in the trash can.”


                  ACTIVITY 2:
                  It is important to be a good citizen in your community. The school you attend is a type of community. Write down five ways that you
                  could display good citizenship in your school. Share your ideas with your classmates.

                  1. ____________________________________________________________________________
                  2. ____________________________________________________________________________
                  3. ____________________________________________________________________________
                  4. ____________________________________________________________________________
                         ____________________________________________________________________________




               Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.4.2.3, LA.3.5.2.2,
               VA.A.1.2, VA.B.1.2, LA.6.6.4.1




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ACTIVITY 3: GO OUT AND VOTE!
Voting is one of the special benefits of living in a free country. It
is one way to show your patriotism to your country. Look through
the retail ads in the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition. On a separate
piece of paper, create an ad that tells people the importance
of voting and persuades them to go out and vote. You may use
words and pictures from the newspaper to create your ad.

You actually “vote” every day. Voting means that you have to
make a decision about something. Sometimes you make a
decision for yourself, such as what you want to eat for breakfast
(“I vote for waffles”). Sometimes you make decisions within a
group, such as what game you and your friends want to play
(baseball or kickball). When you are making these decisions,
you are casting a vote for what you want to do.

Keep a list over the course of several days and write down
all the things that you vote or decide about during that time.
Divide a piece of paper into two columns. On one side list all
the things that you vote on by yourself. On the other side, list all
the things that you vote on with a group. Use a different sheet
of paper for each day. Check your lists at the end of that time.
Did you vote the same each time in similar situations or did you
vote differently each day?




                               BY MYSELF                                                             WITH A GROUP

                  1. I voted to eat cereal for breakfast.                                      1. We voted to plant a class garden.




Sunshine State Standards: LA.3.1.7.1, LA.3.4.3.1, VA.A.1.2, VA.B.1.2, LA.3.4.2.2, LA.3.6.4.1




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     Secondary Level:
     ACTIVITY 1: FOLLOWING THE RULES
     It is important in a society to follow the rules and laws of that society. Look
     through the Sun Sentinel Digital Edition or go online to www.SunSentinel.com
     and find a story about a person or group of people who have broken the
     rules. Write down the rules that have been broken. By each rule you find,
     write down why it is important to society to follow that rule. Put yourself in
     the news story. Describe how would you have handled the situation so that
     no rules were broken.

     Think about the rules of your classroom and school. List all the rules that
     you can think of that you must follow during the school day. By each rule,
     write down why it is important to your school and classmates.




     ACTIVITY 2: FREEDOM OF SPEECH
     Freedom of speech is an important right in America.
     People in many other countries do not have that right.

     Look at the OPINION pages of your Sun Sentinel Digital Edition and read the
     Letters to the Editor. People exercise their right to free speech by writing to
     the editor of the newspaper to express their feelings about topics covered
     in the newspaper and things that are happening in their neighborhood and
     around the world.

     Look through the newspaper for an article on a topic that you feel strongly
     about. Do you agree or disagree with what the writer of the article said
     about the topic? Write a letter to the editor of the Sun Sentinel stating your
     feelings about the topic of the article, whether you agreed or disagreed with
     the writer, and why you feel the way you do. Share your written letters with
     your classmates.

     Research events in America’s history that have helped preserve our basic
     freedoms. You may use the library or the Internet to do your research. Choose
     an event in American history that you feel helped to preserve a specific
     freedom or right. Write about why you feel this event helped to preserve that
     freedom. Use facts from your research to back up your thoughts. Share your
     report with your classmates.

     Suggested website: www.freedom.org
     Link: Timeline To Global Governance




     Sunshine State Standards: LA.6.1.7.1, LA.6.4.2.2, LA.6.4.2.3, LA.6.4.2.4, LA.6.6.2.1, LA.6.6.2.2,
     LA.6.6.2.3, SS.7.C.2.4, Grade 8 American History standards 2 – 5, SS.8.C.1.5, SS.8.C.2.1, LA.6.5.2.2,
     LA.6.6.4.1




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                                       RESOURCES
TRUSTWORTHINESS                                     RESPONSIBILITY                                          CITIZENSHIP
Elementary                                          Elementary                                              Elementary
A Big, Fat Enormous Lie, Marjorie Sharmat           Arthur’s Computer Disaster, Marc Brown                  Our National Holidays, Patricia J. Murphy
Lincoln: A Photobiography, Russell Freedman         Stone Fox, John Gardiner                                The United States Constitution, Kristal Leebrick
                                                                                                            Haimoni and the Picnic, Sook Nyul Choi
Secondary                                           Secondary
Liars, P Petersen
       .J.                                          Hatchet, Gary Paulsen                                   Secondary
The Skull Of Truth, Bruce Coville                   Tiger Woods, William Durbin                             Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections   Rough Waters, S.L. Rottman                              Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O’Brien
On and Off The Court, John Wooden                   Michael Jordan, David Pietrusza                         Soldier’s Heart, Gary Paulsen
No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers                                                              Nothing But The Truth: A Documentary Novel, Avi
Making Tough Choices, Donald Gallo                  Websites                                                The March on Washington, James Haskins
                                                    The Academy Of Achievement – achievement.org            African American Military Heroes, James Haskins
Websites                                            U.S. Environmental Protection Agency –                  The Man Without A Country, Edward Everrett Hale
Kids Can Do It – www.kidscandoit.com                www.epa.gov/students/fun.htm
University of Manitoba, Canada/Student Advocacy –                                                           Websites
www.umanitoba.ca/student/advocacy                   CARING                                                  Ellis Island – www.ellisisland.org
                                                                                                            First Gov For Kids – www.kids.gov
                                                    Elementary
RESPECT                                                                                                     Constitution Facts – www.constitutionfacts.com
                                                    The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
                                                                                                            Kids Voting USA – www.kidsvotingusa.org
Elementary                                          Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very
I’m Sorry, Sam McBratney                            Bad Day, Judith Viorst
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss
                                                    Secondary
Secondary                                           Their House, Mary Towne
The Yearling, Marjorie Rawlings                     Pay It Forward, Catherine Hyde
Jane Goodall, Paula Bryant Pratt                    The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects, Barbara A. Lewis
Life In The Fat Lane, Cherie Bennett                                                                          TEENS ARE HEROES, TOO!
Out Of The Dust, Karen Hesse                        Websites                                                  Challenges, Choices, Character
                                                    Stories To Grow By – www.storiestogrowby.com              Book III of the America’s Young
Websites                                            Peace Corps – www.peacecorps.gov/kids                     Heroes Journal Series – Award-winning
Adventures From The Book Of Virtue --                                                                         essays, poetry and art by and about
pbskids.org/adventures/treasurebox/index.html       FAIRNESS                                                  teens from Palm Beach County.
My Hero – www.myhero.com/home.asp                                                                             Compiled and Written by Vera Ripp
                                                    Elementary
                                                    That’s Not Fair, J. Sarnoff                               Hirschhorn, M.S.
                                                    Thank You, Jackie Robinson, B. Cohen                      Prefaced by Dr. Art Johnson,
                                                                                                              Superintendent of the School District
                                                    Secondary                                                 of Palm Beach County.
                                                    Life. Is. Not. Fair, Gary Bargar
                                                    Sounder, William Armstrong
                                                                                                              For information on how to order,
                                                    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
                                                                                                              contact Vera Hirschhorn at
                                                    Websites                                                  ameryoungheroes@aol.com
                                                    Good Character – goodcharacter.com
                                                    Anne Frank – www.annefrank.com




 OF SPECIAL INTEREST! – OPERATION RESPECT: DON’T LAUGH AT ME

 The Don’t Laugh at Me Project (DLAM) is a curriculum-based program designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical
 cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and sometimes even violence.
 Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, DLAM utilizes inspiring music and video to support special curricula and lessons
 created for your classroom. DLAM is a gateway program designed to provide all educators with an entry point for year-round social and
 emotional learning. The program is designed to inspire children, along with their teachers and other educators, to transform their classrooms
 and schools into “Ridicule Free Zones.” For FREE materials and information go to www.dontlaugh.org
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