Character Ed Lesson Plans

Character Education Lesson Plans are available from because I said I would to teachers around the world at no cost. Fill out the form below for access to download ALL Lesson Plans. These lesson plans were developed by our Character Education committee which includes teachers from across the United States. Also remember that you can use any of our videos to weave the because I said I would message into your existing program or project involving Character Education.

Student Learning Outcomes for Lesson Plans:

  • Understand the importance of community involvement and volunteerism
  • Learn to identify issues in the community that need to be addressed
  • Understand importance of personal accountability
  • Develop self-identity as a person of strong/good character
  • Get better at keeping promises
  • Model promise keeping
  • Develop a habit of personal accountability
  • Positive behavior change by individual promises
  • Reduce human suffering through humanitarian actions

Four New Lesson Plans Available Now!

Calendaring: You Can’t Make Time
Grade Level: 4th – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: Teacher Discretion
Students will learn how honoring their commitments and keeping promises requires effective time management skills. Through planning a trip, they will understand the preparation required to fulfill a promise.
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Flip the Holidays: Because I said I would
Grade Level: 3rd – 12th | Subject: Any | Time Allocation: Teacher Discretion
Use the holidays as an opportunity to guide student thinking through the seven elements of honor. Each element of honor is aligned with a corresponding holiday and has a one class-period activity.
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Code of Honor
Grade Level: K – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: 1 hour up to 1 week
Students are told to follow rules all the time. This lesson allows the students to be in charge of creating rules. Guided by the 7 Elements of Honor and other examples, students will learn from existing codes of honor to write their own code of honor.
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Can I Join You?
Grade Level: 3rd – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: Varies
Students will practice the elements of contemplation, accountability and honesty to make a deeper connection with a classmate. While getting to know each other, the pair will work to identify connections they share as well as ways that each embodies the 7 Elements of the because I said I would Philosophy.
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The Epic Promise: What Commitment in Film Can Teach Us
Grade Level: 5th – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: 3 hours or more
What can films teach us about the importance of keeping our word? Actively engaging and viewing movies can entertain students and be a valuable tool for character education. By examining characters in a film, it will teach the students about personal values and daily choices that can enrich and better their lives. Students will critically analyze films utilizing the 7 Elements of the because I said I would Philosophy to learn about the importance of a promise.
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League of Champions
Grade Level: 7th – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: 50 minutes – 120 minutes
Students will learn about what it means to be a person of good character through the 7 Elements of the because I said I would Philosophy. This will help them identify people who are making a positive difference in the world. Students then have new role models they can aspire to emulate in their lives. By discovering how students learn what it means to be a person of good character, teachers will then be able to adapt their teaching styles.
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Promise Planning: Life of a promise
Grade Level: 5th – 12th | Subject: Multidisciplinary | Time Allocation: Varies based on project
This lesson is designed to give students a roadmap for fulfilling a promise as a class project or individually by utilizing the because I said I would Life of a Promise. Students will use this to identify the issue their promise is hoping to address, the resources necessary to complete the promise, and how this fits into the curriculum of their respective class. The objective is to create and execute a plan for students to better understand what it takes to complete a promise.
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Please fill out this form to gain access to all three lesson plans. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Trisha Hernandez at trisha@becauseisaidiwould.com.