ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list."
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Never, Ever Give Up!
Description: This lesson plan introduces the importance of perseverance. Students will discover that success comes through perseverance. Students will also have the opportunity to research Abraham Lincoln on the Internet to document examples of perseverance.
Subject: Arts Education (4), or Character Education (K - 12)
Title: The History of Jazz - An African American Heritage Month Lesson
Description: Using the book Ben's Trumpet, by Rachel Isadora, early elementary students will learn the historical development of jazz music. This multidisciplinary unit will incorporate a variety of cultures that have impacted the arts.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.
Students perform a song about showing good character. Students also recite a character pledge, while pictures illustrate that pledge.
A book review on Evermore by Alyson Noel
Alyson Noel’s Evermore will keep you interested to the very end. Noel’s writing flows beautifully throughout the novel. She creates characters that are in very unrealistic situations yet have very real personalities. The main character, Ever, has psychic powers. Noel builds up these powers throughout the book. Noel manages to get them to make sense and stick to their own logic throughout the book. Ever’s powers make her both a strong character, but also a vulnerable one. Throughout Evermore, Alyson Noel keeps the reader’s full attention with beautiful writing and complex, interesting characters.
Rockin' into Responsibility
Using the word "Rockin'" as an acrostic, this podcast lists tips for being responsible. Brief explanations are given for each tip, complete with pictures to illustrate and music. Students are encouraged to follow these tips to begin "Rockin' into Responsibility.
Heroes: People that Inspire
Students will choose and describe their hero.