Expectation Three – High School

Culture Connection

Life Principle: POLITENESS

- Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people


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


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.



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


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.



The Old Lion and the Fox - Aesop


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


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


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




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 International Business Etiquette, Manners, & Culture?


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

 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.