Before class, write the word “HONOR” on the whiteboard or screenshared document. If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring pens/pencils with them to class.
You may have heard the word “honor” used in the news; some of the different situations in politics, in athletics, in the media, and in other places center around the idea of honor. It’s a word you’ve probably heard at home and at school.
- How would you define honor? (Allow students to respond; answers might include showing respect, recognizing something good that someone has done, showing someone that you appreciate them, remembering or acknowledging a special event. As students share ideas, write them up on the board.)
We can take all of your ideas about what honor is and put them into three simple points. Write each point on the board or screenshared document as you list them.
- treating someone in a special way
- doing more than what’s expected
- having a good attitude
Have students work in small groups to list examples of people who are honored or occasions showing honor. (If your class is meeting online, you can use the breakout room feature of your video chat software. Invite students to have paper and pens/pencils ready.) Provide writing materials for each group so that they can record their answers. If students get stuck, the following examples can be shared with groups:
- A birthday celebration for a family member or friend
- Giving a gift or card to your mom or dad on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day
- Recognizing a teacher who has taught you all year
- Saying thank you to a soldier who has fought overseas
- Parents or grandparents celebrating a wedding anniversary
- A parade for a team winning a championship
- Remembering the purpose of holidays like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day
After groups have had time to work, come back together as a group to share ideas.
- What are some things you have done to honor someone? How did they respond? (Answers will vary—be prepared to share your own experience.)
Today we are going to learn about the special way that King David wanted to honor Someone. Let’s find out what exactly he wanted to do.
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