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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (7) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (5) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5)
Title: Henry "Box" Brown
Description: This can be an extended literature connection (the book is useful but not required to use this lesson plan.)   The book Henry Brown's Box, the Slave who Mailed Himself to Freedom, is the basis for this lesson.   In Henry's later life, he was an international speaker, describing his courageous journey to become free. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2 - 3)
Title: A Weed is a Flower
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


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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.


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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.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


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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.


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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.


ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming Adversity 
Overview:
Don't give up!  Keep trying!


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Basketball Heroes Overcome Adversity
Overview:
Keep Trying!


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Character Rocks!
Overview:
Students perform a song about showing good character.  Students also recite a character pledge, while pictures illustrate that pledge.


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A book review on Evermore by Alyson Noel
Overview:
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.


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A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Overview:
This book review is on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and is believed to be one of the best books ever written.  It gives the reader a different point of view of the war in Afghanistan and how things have changed since the war.  Also, the storyline is so intriguing and mystifying, you can’t help but get attached to the characters.  The book is recommended to anyone looking for an unforgettable story that will take them through a journey of love, hate, and forgiveness.


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Philosophy for Kids
Overview:
Philosophy is the study of wisdom.  Philosophers like Confucius and John Locke taught many ideas that we currently call "character education".  This podcast explores the ideas of character and wisdom through pictures of school events.  The podcast is designed to be paused after each quote to allow for class discussion. 


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Heroes: People that Inspire
Overview:
Students will choose and describe their hero. 


Web Resources


Podcasts


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A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary
http://www.npr.org/t...
Juliet Frerking challenges others to accomplish something out of the ordinary. She acquired this belief from the Guinness Book of World Records. Great source for spring-boarding essays on "I Believe."

Informational Materials


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

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Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

Interactives/Games


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Create Your Own Values Billboard
http://www.values.co...
Create your own billboard to display different values in character education.

Learning Activities


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

Teacher Tools


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

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Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

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