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Messages and Plans: Weekly Featured 2020 - 2021

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Below please find materials that will be featured through October 2020. Schools choose to implement the Project Wisdom supplemental messages with lessons plans in several ways. Some use them as recommended in the Weekly or Monthly Themes. Others choose from the Life Skills/Pressing Issues and/or Calendar Events selection.

Still others, implement these materials weekly as they are featured here and highlighted in our Just For You email deployment. The choice is yours.

These tools work really well for weekly advisory, character education, life skills, or enrichment classes.

There are several ways you can implement this content:

  • Take 10 minutes to read the message (either on the PA system, in-house television system or as a class read-aloud), and then follow up with the discussion generators.
  • Take 20 minutes and ask students to complete the worksheet.
  • Take 30 minutes or more and choose one of the outstanding follow-up activities written for each academic area.

. . . The choice is yours.

"Students seem to relate to the material. In Junior High, a favorite question is 'Why do we have to learn this?' With these topics, that's a no-brainer!"

Mary, Middle School Teacher - Pennsylvania

You’re going to discover that these plans follow a consistent, easy-to-follow format that provokes meaningful reflection and dialogue about issues that really matter.

If you will be using our weekly or monthly themes, remember that these materials may or may not fit into those themes. We feature these materials for campuses who are not using the themes or as an alternative for materials featured in the themes.

September

  • What's Happening

    Bullies like to have an audience. Bystanders, however, often don't realize that by giving a bully an audience, they are contributing to the problem. In this message and lesson plan, students will learn about some inspiring seventh graders who took action against cyberbullying and consider different ways to deal with bullies at school or online.
    Key Ideas: Dealing with bullying and cyberbullying - Bystanders
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Respect
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    There are millions of people in the U.S. who speak both English and Spanish. Research shows that, among other things, people who speak two languages increase their thinking skills. Whether one's second language is Spanish, Arabic, or French, there are many benefits to being bilingual.
    Key Idea: Benefits of speaking two languages
    Character Traits: Respect - Tolerance
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Head, Heart and Hands

    To develop strong character, you need three things: your head so you can carefully consider what values to live by, your heart so you care enough to make those values part of who you are, and your hands so you put those values into action.
    Key Ideas: Character is power - Choosing a strong character - Character in action
    Character Traits: Self-Responsibility - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Constitution Day: Power of Ideas

    The founding of America has been called a grand adventure in ideas. Our Founding Fathers knew how to share, analyze, and debate ideas respectfully. As students move through life, it will be important that they listen to and share ideas with others, debate ideas respectfully, and most importantly, pay attention to how ideas influence them and the choices them make.
    Key Ideas: U.S. Constitution - Founding Fathers - Citizenship - Ideas
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation
    Message and Lesson Plan*

October

  • International Old Person Day: Honoring Elders

    Often we place too much importance on the young and beautiful, and forget the beauty that comes with age. The elderly have much to offer. As Plato wrote, "They have been over the road that all of us must travel and know where it is rough and where it is level and easy."
    Key Idea: Wisdom comes with age - Young people can benefit from listening to their elders
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Treating Our Bodies Well

    Childhood obesity has become a serious health concern for our nation. Shakespeare once said that "Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are the gardeners." With this special broadcast message and lesson plan, students reflect on and discuss the importance of self-discipline when it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy body.
    Key Idea: Taking care of our bodies can take courage and self-discipline.
    Character Traits: Respect - Self-discipline - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • More than Personality

    Young people often get snared in the notion that what's important is having a cool personality. Our personalities are what make us special and unique, but our personalities will only take us so far. What really matters — and what will ultimately determine any true success in life — is the content of our character.
    Key Ideas: Unique personalities - Common character traits
    Character Traits: Respect - Fairness – Honesty
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Keeping it Real

    For people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, the expression "keeping it real" means getting real about their substance abuse and the impact it is having on themselves and others. Students consider the importance of being honest with themselves about the implications and dangers of illegal drug use.
    Key Idea: Drug and alcohol use - Getting honest about the seriousness of substance abuse
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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