Lesson Plan

Positive Role Models

Positive role models can have a powerful impact on individuals and society. In this lesson, students will reflect on the term "positive role model," discuss positive role models in their lives, and research positive role models in history.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to generate a list of qualities that define a "positive role model," reflect on positive role models in their life, and research role models of the past.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Explain that the class will participate in an activity where they will walk around the room to music. When the music stops, they will pause and create a group of three with the people closest to them.
  • Explain that you will ask a question, and each person will share their answer with their group, discussing for 2–3 minutes.
  • Play the music and ask students to walk, dance, or slide around the room.
  • Pause music.
  • Ask students to partner with a group of three people closest to them.
  • Ask, "Who is one role model in your life, and why?"
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to share their answers in their group of three.
  • Play the music and ask students to walk or dance around the room again.
  • Pause music.
  • Ask, "How would you define 'positive role model?'"
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to share their answer.
  • Play the music and ask students to walk or dance around the room again.
  • Pause music.
  • Ask, "How do you see yourself as a positive role model? Is there someone in your life you guide in a positive way, like a sibling, teammate, or friend?
  • Give students 2–3 minutes to share their answer.
  • Ring the chime after 2–3 minutes.
  • Bring students back together in a circle.
  • Write the words "positive role model" on the board.
  • Ask for 3–4 student volunteers to come up one at a time and share or write their definition for "positive role model."