Students will learn about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and the importance of perseverance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to consider their abilities, talents, and strengths.
- Ask: If you are running a race, what part of the race do you think is the hardest, the beginning, the middle, or the end? (the end)
- Ask: Why is the end the hardest? (It is when you have been running the longest.)
- Have students write responses in their interactive notebooks to this prompt: Write about a time you started something that you were really excited about and motivated to do at the beginning but then you were tempted to give up near the end?
- Give a few students the chance to share the experiences they wrote about.
- Explain that people are usually most excited, motivated, and disciplined at the beginning of a new challenge.
- Next, have students read the article Perseverance individually and highlight the definition of perseverance.
- Have students pair and share what they can do to persevere when things get difficult.
- Have students respond to the question at the end of the article by writing in their student edition.
- Allow some students to share what helps them work hard and keep going.
- Have students work with a partner and play a game using the graphic organizer Grid Wars. Explain that the game will probably be fun at the beginning, and they will want to do it. But if it takes a while to find their opponents’ ships, they should practice perseverance and push through.
- This game allows you to integrate math by familiarizing students with a graph’s x- and y-axis.
- End the lesson with a discussion on perseverance using the following prompts:
- Did any of you need to persevere during the game?
- How did it feel?
- What other examples from your lives can you share that required perseverance?
How can perseverance help you reach your goals?
Write a list of things that motivate you to persevere when the going gets tough.
Graphic organizer: Grid Wars