Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Subject:
Education, English Language Arts, Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Tags:
  • Community Influence
  • Epic
  • Erskine
  • Inclusion
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Perseverance – EPIC Decisions

    Perseverance – EPIC Decisions

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding of perseverance by reviewing the lives and actions of significant figures facing hardships requiring perseverance. The lesson includes a graphic organizer and an exit ticket. This lesson is based on a video about the life of Carl Erskine and perseverance, The Parallel book, and students’ research and perceptions of the concept. 

    Lesson Overview

    Please adapt the lesson activity to fit your students' abilities and interests.

    Introduction

    In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding of perseverance by reviewing the lives and actions of significant figures facing hardships requiring perseverance. The lesson includes a graphic organizer and an exit ticket. This lesson is based on a video about the life of Carl Erskine and perseverance, The Parallel book, and students’ research and perceptions of the concept. 

    Video Clip 

    Perseverance from The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story (4:24)

    Grades 9 – 12

    Themes

    • Perseverance
    • Character
    • Strength
    • Impact

    Objectives

    During this lesson, students will:

    • Define perseverance.
    • Identify perseverance in the lives of others.  
    • Determine the significance of perseverance in their lives and others.

    Essential Questioning

    Students should be able to answer these questions by the end of this lesson:

    • What is perseverance?
    • How can perseverance impact the lives of others?
    • What are the potential consequences when perseverance is not displayed?
    • What does it mean to say, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

    Indiana Academic Standards

    • 9-10.WE.1 Demonstrate control over self while considering the future impact of choices.
    • 9-10.WE.3 Utilize self-efficacy to plan and achieve goals.
    • 9-10.LS.9 Complete activities and assignments thoroughly and accurately.
    • 9-10.LS.10 Able to approach problems with reasoning and logic to hypothesize results.
    • 11-12.WE.1 Demonstrate integrity and self-control in work-, service-, or project-based learning experiences
    • 11-12.WE.4 Demonstrate perseverance through work-service-, or project-based learning experiences.
    • 11-12.LS.12 Complete activities and assignments thoroughly and accurately
    • 11-12.LS.13 Generate solutions critiqued with reason, logic, and inferences about alternatives.
    • IS.5.6 Identify and examine the impact that sports have had on the state of Indiana.

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