Ask children to define what "courage" means.
List their ideas on a chalkboard. Create a definition of "courage"
using their own words. Children may believe that courage involves
an absence of fear. Tell a story (of a firefighter, for example)
to illustrate that a person acting courageously can also feel afraid.
Blend the key ideas into the discussion and definition. Review
our thoughts about courage on our Q&A
Courage exists in different intensities depending on the immensity
of the danger or obstacle to overcome. Speaking up in class can
involve courage. So can stopping the cruelty of a bully. Courage
is not necessarily the use of force. A parent caring for a dying
child may reveal courage. Most courage never gets the attention
of others. Avoid associating courage only with public accolade.
Ask children to give examples of courage based on the definition
created. You might use the following incidents to explore opportunities
Does courage matter in the following situations?
You see someone
your age making fun of a new kid in your school.
something special that belongs to one of your parents when they
are not around.
You see a
classmate stealing something from someone's locker.
to give a speech to the entire school.
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