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The Homework Connection

Fun and user-friendly character building activities for students and their families are available as part of the "Homework Connection" component of the program. Please refer to Appendices D, E, F, G and H (below) for examples.

Appendix D - Character Homework Night

We recommend making a certain night of the week Character Homework Night. It's an easy way to reinforce and develop good character habits at home. Activity sheets are provided on this page as a starting point. Don't worry about how you do the assignments - the important thing is that you do them.

We also recommend that you visit our Character Education Websites page to access more activities and information about character education.

Appendix E - Setting Goals

  • Discuss these character traits with your family: responsibility, respect, perseverance, inclusiveness, initiative, kindness, cooperation, honesty, fairness, courage, and integrity.
  • Discuss the meaning of each trait.
  • Discuss when you have seen these in action in your family and home.
  • Make plans to work towards these characteristics as goals.

Appendix F - A Good Intellect and a Good Heart

The ancient writings of Aristotle and Socrates hold wisdom and insight into the power and importance of teaching for character. The combined teachings of these Greek philosophers tell us that we should lead children to know, love, and do the good in life.

Aristotle, especially, taught that repetition is the mother of skill. He believed that when students have the opportunity to practice the good, they will come to develop good habits. And as we know, our habits and decisions define the kind of students and people that we become.

Along with Aristotle, our school believes that we can help children develop a good intellect and a good heart. Intellectual excellence and personal excellence must be developed together over the course of a lifetime. Teaching begins in the home and must certainly continue throughout the schooling of a child. And of course, intellectual and character development are most effective when the home, school and community all work together for the child in an intentional and consistent way.

What can we all do to work towards this important goal?

Appendix G - In The News

From a newspaper or a segment of the television news, choose a story that exemplifies good or bad character. Cut out the news article or take notes on the TV news clip. Then, answer the following questions. Take the story and your answers to school to share.

News Story: ___________________________________________
News Source and Date: __________________________________

  • What is the story mainly about?
  • What are the character traits that are related to the story?
  • Rewards: How did the good character help? If it did not, how could it have helped?
  • Consequences: How did the bad character hurt?
  • What life lessons could be learned from this news story?

Appendix H - Honesty Test for TV Commercials

How honest are the commercials on TV? You be the judge - can they pass this honesty test?

Count the number of times the following "extreme" words are used. Put an X in the blank beside the word each time you hear it. Add other extreme words you hear, too.

  • always
  • only
  • best
  • perfect
  • greatest
  • never

Do you believe that the product is as good as the announcer says?
  • Yes
  • No

Does the commercial say that an expert tested the product? If it so, write down who that expert is (a doctor, an athlete, a parent, a child, and so on). Is it a person you can trust?

Who is the expert? ________________________________________________

Is the expert trustworthy?
  • Yes
  • No

Does the commercial give any warnings about its product?
  • Yes
  • No

If the commercial does give a warning, write what it is. If it doesn't give a warning and you think it should, write what if might have been.
Warning: ________________________________________________________
Is the commercial dishonest in any other way? If so, explain how.
  • Yes
  • No

Rate the honesty of the commercial. Check one of the following:
  • Completely honest (uses no extreme words, shows trustworthy experts, has warnings if it needs to)
  • Partly dishonest (uses one or two extreme words, shows experts you might be able to trust, has warnings if it needs to)
  • Mostly dishonest (uses more than two extreme words, shows untrustworthy experts or no experts at all, should use warnings but does not)

Last Modified: Oct 27, 2010
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