web pages contain very useful material to assist your efforts in educating
for character. There is a lot in this list that you can use as the basis
for class discussions, writing assignments and student activities. We have
not attempted to sort them according to the virtues they teach because they
all teach many virtues.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
This website is just packed with
great stuff for propagating basic human kindness. Their own description
is way too modest, but here it is: "Want to encourage kindness on
campus? Access our free Teachers Guide, lesson plans, activity ideas,
teachers experiences, and other materials to help you successfully
incorporate kindness into your school." A real gem.
The Laws of Life Essay
This project of the John Templeton
Foundation offers young people the chance to reflect on and write about
what they stand for. Participants identify the laws of life that mean
the most to them, and explain their choices through the experiences they
have had, the lessons they have learned, and the people who have served
as living examples. A truly great character education activity for any
grade level. The website gives detailed instructions and lots of examples.
K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program - a Free Lesson
Want to inspire your students to be
courageous, caring, and responsible members of the community? Want to
help them redefine what it means to be a real hero? Try this free sample
lesson from the K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program.
Wise Skills Resources - Free Lessons
These free sample lessons serve up a generous variety of interconnected
activities and experiences to help your students develop good character.
Written by a former teacher.
Character Counts! - Free Lesson Plans
These free lesson plans support the Six Pillars of Character® and are created by teachers.
If you want your kids to be passive and docile, don't let them
near this website. It'll fill their little heads with ideas about making
the world a better place, and empower them to do something about it.
The Ethics Connection at the Markkula Center
for Applied Ethics
Ethical dilemmas for young people written as dialogs. Lots to think about,
talk about, write about. Also, they have a very useful framework for ethical
decision making, which is at:
In fact, check out the whole website - it's loaded with goodies.
Kids Care Clubs
Dedicated to developing compassion and the spirit of charity
in children. This organization provides children, families, schools, and
religious groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their
local and global communities. You can set up an affiliated club in your
A place for young people, teachers and students to locate and
correspond with other youth and students around the world.
Teaching Tolerance (for teachers)
A national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster
equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. This website
offers excellent classroom activities as well as tremendously useful resources
Educators for Social Responsibility
Lots and lots of lessons (some free, some not) covering a range of social issues such as conflict, diversity, anger, peace.
Respectful Communication - Civility
These are two excellent pages on a University of Colorado website
with instructions on how to deal with difficult, long-lasting, and resolution-resistant
Conflict Resolution Activities for K-12
From Educators for Social Responsibility.
Active Peer Mediation Programs
A list of helpful sites for Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation.
A Student Service Learning Program
What would a model service learning program consist of? This
amazing site gives the entire set of blueprints for the Student Service
Learning program of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. An
National Student Campaign Against Hunger
NSCAHH works with a coalition of students and community members
to end hunger and homelessness through education, service and action.
It's the largest student network fighting hunger and homelessness in the
Moral Dilemmas - Right vs Right
Free resources for developing ethical literacy, including ethical dilemmas and lesson plans.
Learning To Give (K-12)
Teaching the importance of voluntary action for the common good in a democratic
society. Lesson plans, lesson plans, and much much more.
Fairness In Journalism
Excellent guidance for your journalism students from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.