I use this lesson with my 8th graders to help them recognize the 6 character traits in our Character Counts program. We go over the traits, then I show the movie in 20-30 min. long increments, making sure students find one to two traits and examples each day. The video can be shown for about four class periods. Then you can have students use that chart to write an essay.
Akeelah and the Bee
As you watch the video Akeelah and the Bee, watch for examples of each of the character traits of Character Counts. In each box, write at least one example. Be prepared to use this information to write an essay telling how Akeelah exhibited each of these traits and how you exhibit these traits.
Be honest Don't deceive, cheat or steal Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do Have the courage to do the right thing Build a good reputation Be loyal -- stand by your family, friends and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule Be tolerant of differences Use good manners, not bad language Be considerate of the feelings of others Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do Persevere: keep on trying! Always do your best Use self-control Be self-disciplined Think before you act -- consider the consequences Be accountable for your choices
Play by the rules Take turns and share Be open-minded; listen to others Don't take advantage of others Don't blame others carelessly
Be kind Be compassionate and show you care Express gratitude Forgive others Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better Cooperate Get involved in community affairs Stay informed; vote Be a good neighbor Obey laws and rules Respect authority Protect the environment