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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.

October

  • International Older Persons 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*

November

  • Elections: Counting for Something

    It's a privilege and a responsibility to participate in our democratic system, and voting is a right we shouldn't take for granted because the right to vote defines our democracy.
    Key Ideas: Voting - Citizenship - Democracy
    Character Trait: Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Simple Kindness

    Consider all the bad situations in our world and in our lives that might completely go away -  disappear - if everyone involved would show some simple kindness toward one another. There will always be mean-spirited and uncaring people in the world, but we can help reduce the pain caused by such behavior by showing simple kindness to those around us.
    Key Idea: Kindness as an antidote to bullying and mean-spirited teasing
    Character Traits: Kindness - Respect - Tolerance
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Look Who's Watching

    We may get by with some poor choices when we think nobody's looking, but there's one very important person who is always watching - ourself, and our opinion of ourself matters. Students explore the importance of self-awareness, realizing that they are always watching their own behavior and the choices they make.
    Key Ideas: Character is who you are when no one's looking - Right choices build self-esteem
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Self-awareness - Integrity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Thanksgiving: Attitude of Gratitude

    Most of us have many more present blessings than past misfortunes, but unfortunately, we don't often stop to consider all the blessings for which we can be grateful. People with an attitude of gratitude live happier lives because they are more focused on what is good and right in their lives.
    Key Ideas: Making the choice to focus on one's blessings - Gratitude as an antidote to stress - Media literacy
    Character Traits: Gratitude - Self-awareness - Self-control
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • What's It Worth?

    Conducting yourself in a dignified manner is a way to respect yourself. You value who you are when you are proud of the things you do. Posting things on the Internet that are undignified is a reflection of who you are. There can be lasting negative effects that may damage your reputation or your sense of self-worth.
    Key Ideas: Valuing yourself - Making dignified choices - Posting inappropriate images online
    Character Traits: Self-worth - Self-respect - Dignity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

December

  • Manners Matter

    The word courtesy has its roots in the Latin word cor, which means of the heart. When we are polite and courteous to others, we are acting from the heart and being respectful of other people's feelings. Respectful, caring behavior is the cornerstone of any civil society.
    Key Ideas: Manners - Civility - Courtesy - Empathy
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Winter Holidays: Get Creative!

    For many of us, the holidays have become too stressful and too commercial when this should be a time for some recreation, which literally means "to create anew." These materials encourage students (as well as teachers) to find relaxing and creative ways to enjoy the holidays.
    Key Ideas: Creativity as recreation - Winter break
    Character Traits: Respect - Kindness - Generosity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Sharing Our Lives Together

    Family narratives are important because they are personal and true. They can help bond families together, and help young people better understand themselves and the world around them. As we approach the holiday season, students may be spending more time with family, which is a great opportunity to recall and collect some real family treasures.
    Key Ideas: Family history - Belonging - Heritage
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

January

  • 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*

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