Expectation Seven – High School

Culture Connection

Life Principle: PERSEVERANCE
- Ability to persist or continue striving to the end

Quote: "The right angle to approach a difficult problem is the ‘TRY-Angle’." - Unknown

Teacher: "Never, never, never"
Students: "Never give up!"
- quote by Winston Churchill

Sign Language

Hand Sign for Expectation #7
Use sign for Encourage:
Flat hands gently push (someone)
forward in short movements.



"Keep Holding On"** 4:12 min.

"The Power of a Dream" 4:27 min.

"Everybody"** by Raul Midon


"Famous Failures"** 2:58 min.

"Do You Really Want It?"** 30 sec.

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 minutes** 2:15 min.


"The Farmer and His Sons" , - Aesop Fable

Short Stories:
"The Knights of the Silver Shield" by Raymond M. Alden, Moral Compass, William Bennett, p. 255-260

"Eureka!" Retold by James Baldwin The Book of Virtues, William Bennett, p. 562-564

"You Mustn’t Quit" by Edgar A. Guest

"Try, Try, Again" The Book of Virtues, William Bennett, p. 532

"ONE" - Author Unknown


LEXICON: Complete at least three.

  1. Define the word.
  2. What do you notice about the word.
    a. # of letters
    b. # of consonants, vowels
  3. Create a math problem with the #’s.
  4. Use the word in a meaningful sentence.
  5. Write all parts of speech for the word.
  6. Analyze for root word, prefixes, suffixes.

Word Wall Vocabulary: persist, tenacious
Note: Reference Lexicon Resource

Vocabulary (P 8,11)

Brainstorm vocabulary describing the characteristics of someone who perseveres. Create a visual display of the vocabulary.



Introductory Activity

Brainstorm names of current movies, books or other media that exemplify perseverance. Have the class select by vote (raised hands or ballot) the top three.

Using the RoundRobin Cooperative Learning Structure, direct each group to choose one of the three examples and identify the demonstrated characteristic/s of perseverance.

Allow time for each group to report.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning Structure

RoundRobin Discussion (P 3,5,6)



Divide students into groups of 3-5. Select a recorder to write down the group’s ideas and a reporter to present results to the class.

For a designated time students are to take turns in their teams responding to the topic.

To insure that each student has the opportunity to talk, indicate an article to be used as a "talkingstick". It is to be rotated around the team indicating whose turn it is to share.

Have each reporter share their group's results.

Writing Activity

Write a persuasive paragraph supporting your choice of the example of perseverance.

Brain Break

 Brain Break                               Celebration


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.