Purpose: Students identify some traits, people, and goals that are important to them and learn about what is important to others.
1. Students identify personal preferences, plans, and values.
Refer to the sentences that each team created in Part I. Say, “I’ll bet not everyone in the first group has the same role model.” Invite each member of the first group to explain whom they would have written about if they had been working on their own. Ask a volunteer from another group to write the responses on the board.
Proceed in a similar manner with the topics covered in each sentence, eliciting responses from the members of each group. Essentially, ask students to discuss what they value in a friend, what their idea of happiness is, what they will do at the end of the school year, and what they have considered about their freshman year in high school.
2. Students acknowledge differences in their preferences, plans, and values.
Ask students to consider their classmates’ various responses and to note similarities and differences between the responses. Summarize by stating how these responses show that people have different goals and value different things. Comment that this makes sense, since we are all different people.
Say, “Different things are important to different people. This class will help you identify what’s important to you, your personal goals, and ways you can reach those goals.”
3. Students consider the importance of working together.
Make the observation that although each student has individual preferences and values different things, they worked as a team to complete their sentences.
Emphasize the importance of learning to accept one another in order to work together. Say, “It will always be necessary to work with others in life. People may be different from you—they may like different things, come from different places, and have different goals. But as you have seen, people with differences can work together. This course will also help you learn how to work successfully with others.”
Remind students that this will happen only if they choose to participate and apply what they learn. State again that the choice to learn is always up to each of them.