Grade: Middle

#4065. Character Counts chart for video

Reading/Writing, level: Middle
Posted Mon Dec 17 08:53:16 PST 2007 by Karen Deverell (
G-K Middle School, Genoa, IL USA
Materials Required: video or movie with those themes, character chart
Concepts Taught: identifying character traits

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.


Specific Example
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