ALEX Lesson Plan


Never, Ever Give Up!

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Author:Sandra Coan
System: Franklin County
School: Tharptown Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 12565


Never, Ever Give Up!


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.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
CE (K-12)
1. Courage
CE (K-12)
14. Diligence
CE (K-12)
21. Patience
CE (K-12)
25. Perseverance
TC2 (3-5)
5. Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.
Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites
TC2 (3-5)
6. Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.
Examples: social—developing positive attitudes for using technology collaboratively
ethical—citing sources of text and digital content, avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
  • Describing the global nature of the Internet
  • Following local acceptable-use policies regarding technology
  • Identifying intrusive applications, including worms, viruses, spyware, and pop-up advertisements
  • TC2 (3-5)
    8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries
  • Using technology tools to organize information
  • Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
  • Example: keyword search
  • Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
  • SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    6. Describe cultural, economic, and political aspects of the lifestyles of early nineteenth-century farmers, plantation owners, slaves, and townspeople.
    Examples: cultural—housing, education, religion, recreation
    economic—transportation, means of support
    political—inequity of legal codes
  • Describing major areas of agricultural production in Alabama, including the Black Belt and fertile river valleys
  • Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will describe personal characteristics that define perseverance. Students will give examples of people who exhibited perseverance in their lives.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Alabama and U. S. history textbooks, pictures of Abe Lincoln and other prominent figures in history

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access, word processing software, LCD projector or other projection device


    Instruct students in the use of research tools such as the Alabama Virtual Library. Students should be familiar with word processing software.

    1.)Ask students what they think the word perseverance means. List students' thoughts on the board. Then give a formal definition with explanation. Have students give examples of perseverance. Then lead the class on a discussion of the character attributes necessary to be persistent.

    2.) Use a word web to display student response to class discussion. Give brief examples of perseverance throughout history to the present. (Helen Keller, Charles Barkley, Oprah, Wright Brothers, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriett Tubman, Lewis and Clark, etc.)

    3.)Draw attention to Abraham Lincoln and discuss some of his contributions to American history as discussed in the Alabama history book.
    Explain that students will do research on Abraham Lincoln to determine examples of his perseverance in life. Have students use the attached website listing to find information about Abraham Lincoln. Instruct students to collect information about Lincoln's life and specific examples of perseverance.
    Instruct students to include a descriptive paragraph of the characteristics of someone who perseveres on a poster they will create.

    4.)After students have collected their information, instruct them to type the information in paragraph form in order to insert it into an on-line website that will generate a poster. Instruct students to create their poster from the website below after they have finished typing their information.
    Students will need to copy and paste their information into the poster.
    Instructions for coping and pasting information:
    - First highlight material that needs to be pasted.(To highlight: Click and hold down the left mouse button, then drag over all of the material. Let the button up once all material is highlighted.)
    - Once material is highlighted, right click the mouse button and select copy.
    - Then open the poster document. Right click on the space where the material needs to be pasted. Select "paste."
    To insert pictures see the attachment.
    (Project Poster)
    This site allows students to create an on-line poster.

    5.)Once students have completed the on-line poster, have them print the posters to display on the walls. Use the attached rubric to grade the posters.

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    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will use the attached rubric to assess the posters.


    Teacher may allow students to each pick one of the additional people discussed to research in depth and prepare a short presentation comparing and contrasting that person with Abraham Lincoln.



    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.