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4. What does "noble" mean?
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Key ideas
1. Taking a risk to help oneself or another in a positive way is a noble act.

Ask children to define what "being noble" means. Most will probably be unfamiliar with the word. A noble act is worthy of respect and honor. Invite children to identify examples of acts that are noble and acts that are not noble.

Explore the relationship between being noble and risk taking. Gambling is risk taking, but is it noble? When is risk taking noble? Make two columns on the chalkboard, one labeled noble, the other not noble. Ask children to suggest examples of risk taking and assign their suggestions to either column. Here are some examples you could suggest if your group finds the request too difficult.

Stealing money out of a student's locker.
Cheating on a school exam.
Standing up in class to give a speech.
Telling a bully to stop being cruel.
Telling your friends that they are being unfair when they make fun of someone.
Standing up in class to give a speech.

The most noble acts are those that involve taking a risk to become a better human being or to help another.

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