- More "What if...?"
- The Golden
- Following Instructions
- Lesson Plan
Thinking, morals, following instructions, essay
- Reintroduce "What if...?" thinking.
- Present the "Golden Rule" "What if...?" as an
- Explore the wisdom of The Golden
- Introduce "How to Follow
- Students pick one of their own Life-Rules to
write a "What if...?" essay about.
- Prepare Transparency The "Golden
Rule" "What if...?" - - - golden.htm
- - - golden.rtf
- Prepare Transparency "Following
Instructions" - - - instruc.htm
- - - instruc.rtf
- Also make copies of the above two documents to
hand out to each student, plus spares
First we revisit "What if...?" thinking. It is a
powerful tool useful to you all of your life. You can use it to gain
much deeper understanding of things and situations. It is depth of
understanding that will make you stand out from most of the rest of
human kind. It contributes to marking you as a high
Next we introduce a lesson on "How to Follow
Instructions." Again, this is very important to many activities you
will do all of your life.
Last, we use "What if..." to analyze one of your
own Life-Rules. You will write an essay similar to the
Golden Rule essay we are about to analyze. Essay writing will be a
VERY useful tool you are likely to use all of your life. In the
work-world, you may have to do a lot of writing.
All of these activities will help you develop into
a High Quality Person, who other important people will respect and
admire. They will lead to you being highly capable.
- Pass out the copies of The Golden Rule.
- In the past we have used the "What if...?
thinking technique. We are now going to do it again, this time
looking at the Golden Rule. I want 4 people to read a couple of
paragraphs each. Hands?
- Teacher read the introduction. Call on the
4 readers to read sections marked 1, 2, 3, &
- Students read the middle 4 sections of the
- Teacher reads the
Sometimes students get sloppy in reading and
following instructions. I hope you don't do that. I hope you will
accept a Life-Goal of
following instructions. If you do, then
you will avoid a lot of "grade-pain."
Project these instructions.
Most instructions that you will follow in your
life will have similar characteristics.
- They are written in a sequence of
- Often there are no numbers on the steps.
- Several may be written in one
- They are usually
written in the sequence
they should be done.
Pay attention to the instructions below. You
should use them while following the instruction for writing your
essay. Refer back to them if needed. Remember that you want to learn
these for LIFE!
How to follow instructions:
- Read all the way through without doing
- Figure out what the end result should
- Start doing them one at a
- Read a step and do it.
- Read the next step and do
- When done, check the results, comparing them
to the steps, and checking off each step that was done
successfully and completely.
Project the instructions below. "Be sure you understand the
instructions written above (point), then follow them while
reading the instructions below (point)."
Watch students carefully, looking for any that
immediately take out their Life-Goals list. If any do, simply ask
them to reread instruction #1, above, out loud.
Instructions for writing the essay for this
- Take out your list of Life-Goals you have
chosen for yourself.
- Pick one of Your Life-Rules.
- I want you to write an essay about your
Life-Rule that does the same "What if...?" thinking we just read
for the Golden Rule.
- Your essay doesn't have to be exactly like the
Golden Rule essay.
- It should describe what would happen if you
followed your Life-Rule.
- It should also describe what might happen if
you did the OPPOSITE.
- You will turn in your essay.
- Your essay will be graded as an English Class
- STOP. Do not start writing yet.
- Remove the projection. Can anyone tell
us what the end result should be?
- Start writing.
- Turn in when done, or by the beginning of
class on (Date) __________________.
- Teacher Follow-up
Sequence. Links to grade 5 Lesson
- Return to Advanced
Personhood Lesson Sequence
- Go to Master
As of: 23 Mar '03