Life Application Lessons on Effort

Lesson #1:

Objective: Learners connect Effort with individual choices and apply in a personal situation.


  1. Learners brainstorm and select a situation that involves Effort.
  2. Use the Choice C.R.O.S.S.ROADS LP Worksheet to apply the life principle of Effort in the personal situation. Follow up with the Choice C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Planning Sheet.
     Effort Choice C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Worksheet Example
  3. Option: Create a goal plan using the Goal-setting C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Worksheet or the Goal-setting Planning Sheet .
    Effort Goal-setting C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Example Elem MS/HS

Lesson #2:

Objective: Learners will use a graphic organizer (Venn Diagram or T Chart) to develop the concept of cause and effect within a life application situation.


  1. Introduce topic or have students brainstorm. Example: Completing a difficult task.
  2. Allow time for identification and discussion of the cause and effect within the topic.
  3.  Distribute the Effort Venn diagram or Effort T chart and allow time for learners to put their thoughts in writing.
  4.  Offer time for pair share or small group discussion to compare ideas and add additional thoughts.
    A) Example of Effort Venn Diagram B) Example of Effort T Chart 
  5. Use whole group discussion to summarize the ideas shared. Have each learner write a statement drawing personal conclusions as to their cause and effect within the life application situation. 
  6. As a group or individually have learners write a statement connecting the effects Effort would have on the situation in relation to the 8 Expectations for Living, lines from the school/class creed, or other school-wide standards. 

** Resources for helping students make Choices and in Goal-setting.