These activities will help you learn to show respect in the way you treat others, so people of good character will see you the way you want to be seen—confident, friendly, and worthy of their respect.
Critiquing – it’s all in the delivery. There are constructive ways to do this when someone disagrees with you. Look online. Can you find an example of a comment that shows disagreement but in a respectful manner? Take a screenshot, then tell us why you chose it. Need help? Watch the below video for more on constructive criticism. Hashtags: #stayrespectful #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: I Show Respect When ___
Respect means different things to different people. For Medal of Honor Recipient Ronald Rosser, it meant fighting for his country. Watch his Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video to see his respect in action. In what ways do you show respect? Finish this sentence: “I show respect when _________.” Write the complete sentence on a sign and take a pic with it.
What can you do to stop cyberbullying? Come up with an idea and create a slogan for it, like “Be Happy. Bullies Hate It.” or “Post, Don’t Roast.” Write down your slogan and take a pic of it. Then post it. Hashtags: #stopcyberbullying #liveup
Lots of Respect
Pick a person in your life who you respect a lot. What have they done to gain this respect? Take a pic of yourself with this person and tell us why you respect them. Remember to post afterwards. Hashtags: #lotsofrespect #liveup
Who do you know who you consider to be an honest person? Think of everyone in your circle of friends and family. Take a pic with this person, then post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #honestyrocks #liveup
I Respect You
Think of someone you respect. This could be a family friend, teacher, or coach. Write this person a short letter sharing what it is that you respect about them. Take a pic of the letter to share with us. Remember to deliver the letter to them. Post for us to see. Hashtags: #irespectyou #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Respect for Others
When we deal with difficult situations, having people we can count on helps a lot. Watch Hiroshi Miyamura’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video, noting the deep respect he has for his comrades. Get creative and make a collage dedicated to this kind of respect.
All About Citizenship
What does it mean to be a citizen of a community and a country? What are the responsibilities of a citizen? What should all citizens of a community and nation do, or participate in? Take time to really think about all of this. Then interview two people and ask them to share their thoughts on these questions. Create a 1-2 minute video summarizing their responses. Include video clips from your interviews if everyone’s OK with that. Post about it. Hashtags: #allaboutcitizenship #liveup
In Your Community
Think about your community. Who or what is being disrespected, and why? Are people littering? Interview 2 people and ask them to share their thoughts on this. Then create a 1-2 minute video and write about your thoughts in 200 words or more. Provide some tips for resolving any problems you’ve seen in your community. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #inyourcommunity #liveup
No to Yes
Watch the TED Talk by William Ury, “The Walk from ‘No’ to ‘Yes.’” Write about your thoughts in 200 words or more. Share at least 3 things you learned from the talk, and how you can apply your new knowledge. Remember to post about it. Hashtags: #notoyes #liveup
Find a Leader
Look for an adult in your community who you consider a leader – someone with courage. Interview them. How did they end up in their leadership position? What path did they take that led them there? How did they demonstrate courage along the way? Think of 10 interview questions to help guide your interview. Write down your 10 interview questions and their responses. Then create and post a 2-minute reflection video on what you learned. Hashtags: #findaleader #liveup
A Leader In Me
Watch these short TED Talks: "Everyday Leadership" and "How to Start a Movement." Both describe different types of leadership. Then create a 2-minute reflection video on what you learned. How do you show leadership? Maybe you’re the captain of a sports team or the secretary of a club. If you don’t have a leadership role right now, what is something you can do to demonstrate leadership? If you're struggling, find an adult who can give you some advice on this. Once you’ve taken on a leadership role, write a 500-word essay. Share what leadership role you've taken on. What responsibilities do you take on in this role? How does it feel to be a leader? What's hard about it? How will this experience impact your future? Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #aleaderinme #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Make a Commercial
You can’t buy respect, but imagine if it were something you could sell. How would you advertise it? Watch Joseph Kerrey’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video to get inspired. Create a 2-minute commercial for your classmates, on how the world would be a better place if more people acted as respectful as Kerrey.