Now that children have a grasp of the fundamentals,
apply what they have learned to analyzing nominations for heroism.
Print copies of the Hero Template
or create your own handout from the information on the form. Distribute
several templates to each student.
Discuss each section of the template. Take some time to discuss
the idea of an emotional trial. Heroic behavior can involve elements
of fear, doubt, sadness, or even anger that might "push"
a person away from heroic behavior. Other feelings of courage, care,
love, and responsibility are more powerful, though, and "pull"
the person taking the action. They are willing to make the sacrifice
or take the risk because of a noble judgment they make about the
In some cases, this judgment is thought out. In other cases, the
decision is made so quickly that the person taking the action is
not even aware of making a choice.
Apply the template to at least four case studies that involve both
famous and less well known acts of heroism. You can select from
our Heroic Profiles list or choose
your own. You could create a poster on each nomination with relevant
information and place them on a "Wall of Honor" in your
classroom. Files on each nomination could be created and expanded
as children add information from their library and web research.
In the less well known heroic acts there may be only a little information.
Make sure these less-publicized acts are included in your case study
You could nominate one of the children in the class or school as
a case study. For example, in one of my Time for Heroes events,
a 12-year-old girl's father talked about a choice his daughter had
to make between taking a strong medication for the rest of her life
or undergoing a painful surgery that could be fatal. She chose the
surgery and is now fine. In a recent public television program on
the brain, several children were profiled in this age group who
underwent a one-side full lobotomy to eliminate severe, debilitating,
and life-threatening seizures. Before nominating a child in your
class or school talk first with the child privately. If he or she
accepts the scrutiny, then talk to the parents.
The case studies you select will be extremely important for the
remaining lessons in this and future skill sets.
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