Culture Connection

Life Principle: POLITENESS
- Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people

Quote:
"Politeness costs nothing and gains everything." - Lady Montague

Callback:
Teacher: Politeness costs nothing
Students: And gains everything.


Sign Language

Hand Sign for Expectation #3
Use sign language for “Please”
– open hand facing chest
moving in a circular motion;
“Thank you”, place fingertips
of open right hand palm-in at
mouth and drop to palm-up.


Media

Music 

Musical Video : "POSITIVE"** 2.30 min. for song - choreography instruction included for 10 min.

Video

Please & Thank You video - Oliver Twist** 1.00 min.

How to Have Good Manners - Basic Etiquette,** including Phone Etiquette with cartoons

"Good Manners" ** 30 sec.


Literature

Fable:
The Old Lion and the Fox - Aesop Fable

Books:
The Etiquette of Kindness - It's Not Just About the Right Fork!: Skills and Courtesy for Our Times by Suzanne-Marie English

Teen Manners: "From Malls to Messaging and Beyond" by Carol Post Senning

Short Story:
 “Please” by Alicia Aspinwall, Book of Virtues, William Bennett , p 24-25

Poem:
“Influence” Joseph Norris, G.E. Manual , p. 19


Vocabulary

LEXICON: Suggest use one of the following methods:

  1. Student leader finds the word in a dictionary.
  2. Use of individual dictionaries.
  3. Display dictionary page on Interactive board.
  4. Access through use of computer or other media device.

4 Steps:

  1. Write the word. 
  2. Define the word,
  3. Find synonyms.
  4. Find antonyms.

Note: Reference Lexicon Resource

Enriched Vocabulary

Synonyms:

Etiquette
Propriety
Mores
Courtesy

Dictionary



Introductory Activity

“Please and Thank You” (P 2,6,9)
Use the cooperative learning structure to verbally process the following question:

How do we create:
- a classroom culture
- a school culture
- a personal culture
where good manners are evident?

Extension: What is the importance and impact of global etiquette?

Moral:
One person can be a change agent.

*Use writing activity as summary.


Cooperative Learning

Pair Share: (P 3,5,6)

1 - If students are seated on floor: Designate ‘elbow buddies’.

2 - If students are seated at tables: Assign table partner.

3 - If students are standing: Have students walk around and on a designated signal, find a partner near them. Those students without a partner raise their hands and find one.

4 - Have pairs share with each other, then with other pairs, other teams, or the entire group.


Writing Activity

  1. Think of a person who has influenced your life through the use of good
    manners or courtesy.
  2. Write a 25-50 word note of appreciation to that person. Be sure to include
    specific details about your experience.
  3. Ask for volunteers to share their notes.

Brain Break

**Caution:

Some of the online videos have brief advertisements attached at the beginning that may be inappropriate for viewing by students and need to be cued before showing.