A person of character is respectful. Respect means treating others the way you want to be treated by being courteous and polite to others. It involves recognizing that every individual is valuable and entitled to be treated with respect, regardless of race, religion, gender, or physical abilities. Some traits include:
- Treat Others with RESPECT by following the GOLDEN RULE
- Use good manners
- Be mindful of feelings of others
- Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone
- Deal peacefully when in conflict/disagreements
- Be tolerant and/or embrace the differences of others
CHALLENGE ACTIVITY-FEBRUARY 2020
1) Read the book, Emmanuel's Dream,
by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls. OPTION...with your buddy class. Have an interactive conversation with your students related to the character trait of RESPECT. Click here for an ONLINE VERSION of the book.
2) Using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model, discuss & agree on a RESPECT goal related to the book and have a discussion about the book’s theme focusing on respect. When possible, check-in with your students throughout the month of February to see how they are putting to practice the trait of being RESPECTFUL in their lives.
MeetUp: Established a class goal related to RESPECT, for example, , play by the rules, listen to people with an open mind, etc., discussed and agreed on by the students during the MeetUp session.
BuddyUp: Pair/group students for a brief discussion on the goal. Here are some example “Quick connection” conversation questions:
Discussion Questions for Emmanuel's Dream?
- What are the ways Mama Comfort encouraged Emmanuel to be independent?
- What does Emmanuel do to become independent when he was young?
- How did Emmanuel earn his classmates’ respect?
- Do you think Emmanuel’s decision to leave home against his mother’s wishes was a
good decision? Why or why not?
- What did Emmanuel do with the money he earned at his job in the big city?
- Mama Comfort gave Emmanuel this advice: “Be respectful, take care of your family, don’t ever beg, and don’t give up.” Why did Emmanuel say those words were “a gift?”
- How did Emmanuel decide to honor his mother after she was gone?
- Why did Emmanuel want to ride his bike across Ghana?
- How did Emmanuel’s actions begin to change the way people in Ghana thought about physical disabilities?
- What did Emmanuel prove?
Extension Activity: Words Matter...Do you think Emmanuel’s decision to wear a shirt with the words "The Pozo" was a good one? Would you have worn that shirt if you were Emmanuel? Explain.
Want more? Additional Activities: These are great!
OWN (Oprah) An Update on Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (3:30 mins) (Grades 4-5)