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Messages and Plans: Weekly Featured 2020 - 2021


Below please find materials that will be featured through February 2021. 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.


  • Power of Service to Others

    When we volunteer our time to help others, even in small ways, we can make a big difference in the world. Students take a look at the ways that they can use their personal power to bring joy to others in need. They also learn that in giving back to their community, they build a better life for themselves.
    Key Idea: Volunteers ease the suffering in our world
    Character Traits: Citizenship - Volunteerism - Caring
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well at the beginning of a new year.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Creating and Sharing Positive News

    It was once said that "Harmony seldom makes the headlines" (Silas Bent). So much of what is reported in the news is negative, but there is good news out there and all around us. You just have to search a little harder to find it. With these materials, students will learn how important it is to create, identify, and share positive news.
    Key Ideas: Looking for the positive in life - Sharing positive news with others - Media literacy
    Character Traits: Positive Attitude - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Tough Choices

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced many difficult decisions in his life. With these materials, students have an opportunity to reflect on the fact that each of us faces many decisions each day. Some may be very difficult, but whatever the situation, we can learn from Dr. King's example by using these opportunities to do the right thing.
    Key Ideas: Awareness of our daily choices - Doing the right thing
    Character Traits: Moral courage - Integrity - Honesty
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Real Nobility

    Nothing good ever comes from acting as if you are better than others. Real goodness (true nobility) comes from trying to be a better person today than the person you were yesterday. Students consider setting that as a goal for themselves knowing that each day provides an opportunity to be a better person than the day before.
    Key Ideas: Acting superior to others - Being a better person today than you were yesterday
    Character Traits: Respect - Integrity – Trustworthiness
    Message and Lesson Plan*


  • Understand the Past: Black History Month

    Knowing and appreciating the struggles and successes of those who came before us helps us to better understand and appreciate the freedoms and privileges we enjoy today. These materials help students understand the importance of examining the lives of famous African-Americans so we can be inspired and learn from them.
    Key Ideas: Learning from the past - Celebrating the lives of African-Americans
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Appreciation - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Going to the Trouble

    Being a person with strong character means being a person who goes to the trouble of doing what's right instead of doing what's easy, and that's not always convenient. In honor of Inconvenience Yourself Day, students are encouraged to take time to step outside of themselves and commit a random act of kindness by doing something special for someone else.
    Key Ideas: Going to the trouble of being a person with character - Thinking of others
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness - Courtesy - Caring - Empathy
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • A Hero's Character

    Captain "Sully" Sullenberger landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River and saved the lives of 154 passengers. He is known as a man of strong character and has been hailed a hero for his actions. People of good character make positive impacts on our world every day. Students consider that every time someone acts with honor, integrity, and caring, our world is better for it.
    Key Idea: "Sully" Sullenberger - Fame and popularity fade, but character endures - Heroes
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Humility - Ethics
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Birds of a Feather

    George Washington was a great leader who understood how peers influence us, for better or for worse. He also understood the need to treat one another with civility and respect. With this special message and lesson plan, students explore the notion that choosing friends wisely is very important.
    Key Ideas: Our friends can influence our choices - Choosing friends with good character
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness
    Note: This message and lesson plan work well for George Washington's birthday.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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