Fundamental Personhood Lesson Sequence
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The Fundamental Personhood curriculum (grades 3 - 5) is designed to strengthen the child's mind to be better attuned with what are his (enlightened!) self-interests. It also provides some thinking tools that can be applied to all sorts of decisions a person must make in his lifetime. Of the greatest importance, it is designed to pave the way to intrinsic (internal) motivation.

WARNING! Don't try to teach this material cold! You will need to study it and master the concepts first!

The lessons follow a logical progression

At the end of grade 5, the foundation has been established to further develop intrinsic motivation for the process of learning, and in every aspect of life. We build on this in grades 6, 7, & 8.

These lesson plans are highly scripted to accommodate new and inexperienced teachers, be they in a formal school or home school. More experienced teachers may wish to use their own style.

A letter should be prepared and sent home explaining to parents what the school is trying to accomplish in the class grades 3 through 5. Look at Example Letter #1 to parents. - - - letter1.rtf

Once per semester, there should be a public meeting for parents to attend. Their detailed questions can be answered then. (See Sample Agenda - - - agenda1.rtf)

The author has limited experience with grades 3 and 4. He has done his best to create age appropriate materials for these young students. He would welcome comments as to how the material might be adjusted to each grade level. Also, each teacher is invited to slip the schedule indicated below to better match his or her students, or to edit the lesson plans.

This page acts as a linked Table of Contents to reach individual lesson plans in HTML or Rich Text Format (*.rtf). You may print an HTML lesson plan directly from the web page where it is presented.

How to Use in Jr. High or High School (assuming it was not presented in grades 3-5)

In Jr. High teach all of these lessons in quarter 1. Then in Quarter 2 teach the 6th grade students. Q3= 7th grade, and Q4= 8th grade students. This schedule allows the students transferring in to get caught up. See Implementing the Program in a Regular School Setting.

For High School, teach ALL lessons in the 9th grade. Teach Grade 3, 4, 5 (modified) in quarter 1, grade 6 in Q2, GRADE 7 in Q3, and grade 8 in Q4.

Student Folders

Students are to keep a folder for material that is handed out, or that they create. Their folder and its contents should be kept and used throughout the student's stay at this school.

Lesson Plan DOWNLOADS you can Edit

RTF versions provide ready to edit versions, to allow teachers to adapt the lessons to their own needs. Read about RTF and how to do a clean download of these for editing and/or printing out hardcopy. To download a lesson plan that can be edited in your word processor, click on the .rtf at the right side of the table.

There are 4 to 6 lessons in each year. They need not be evenly spaced, and in some cases, it might be best to have them only 1 week apart.

Class Document DOWNLOADS you can Edit

The personhood curriculum includes documents to be presented in class. These handouts, transparencies, etc. are listed in each lesson plan. Generally they are available in various formats, depending upon the document's nature. They are:

Web Page


Can be edited with MS Word 97 or later.

Rich Text Format


These can be read by many word processors.

MS Excel 5.0


These can be read by later versions of MS Excel.

They can be downloaded and written into your hard drive or a floppy. With the appropriate software they can be edited. Look for specific files linked to in the lesson plans, Teacher's Prep sections.

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Third Grade Teaching Goals

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  1. What is a wish?
  2. What is a goal? Define "goal".
  3. Difference between a wish and a goal.
  4. Get familiar with what are goals (by looking at some).
  5. Define:
    • Short term goal can be done in 1 day
    • Mid term goal takes more than 1 day.
    • Long term goal can take months or years
  6. Begin to establish the habit of setting goals (goal to draw a picture).
  7. Establish the idea of planning how to reach goals.
  8. Establish that we must work to reach goals.
  9. Practice: Create shorts lists of each.



  1. Adults often make plans.
  2. A plan helps you get organized.
  3. A plan helps you do the tasks.
  4. Asking questions and making decisions help you make plans.
  5. Students practice making a plan.
  6. Sometimes you have to change the plan after you have started. That is OK.



Pick something interesting to do, and write a plan to do it.

  • Generalized lesson on working in small groups
  • More practice making plans to reach mid term goals. A small group class assignment.


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Fourth Grade Teaching Goals

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Use transparencies to show last year's work in review.

  1. Introduce Life Goals. Define.
  2. Students learn to recognize Life Goals.
  3. Recognize there are both good and bad Life-Goals






  1. Students begin developing their own set of Life-Goals (with teacher's guidance).
  2. Work on establishing Life-Goals as a societal standard in class.



  1. Students to define good Life-Rules for the Good Life-Goals the student picked
  2. Using "What if ..." thinking to analyze Life-Goals and Life Rules.



Quickly review idea of Life Goals.
  1. Learn about Sub-Life-Goals.
  2. Learn about Life-Rules and Sub-Life-Rules.
  3. Now they can start living their Life-Rules to reach their own Life-Goals.



  1. Practice setting Sub goals and Sub-sub goals.
  2. More "What if ... ?" thinking practice.



Introduce balancing Life-Rules, such as "Work has priority over play" and Etc.

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Fifth Grade Lesson Subjects


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Essay for teachers - Read before preparing lesson aphg5-1





  1. Review what Life-Goals and Life-Rules are. (Project the slide with Life-Goals and Life-Rules.)
  2. Balancing Life Rules.
  3. New Students: Need to pick 6 life goals & write Life-Rules for them. See the teacher.
  4. Are you Living by your Life-Rules? If not, start doing it again.
    Your Choices Determine Your Future!
  5. Student learns he has the ultimate responsibility to control his future. Read essay, "Choices."
  6. Introduce the idea of being Self-Made.
  7. Do the follow-up exercises, as time allows.








Self-made person.

  1. What is it?
  2. How do we do it.
  3. What happens if we don't make ourselves?
  4. Do you want to be "Made" by a committee who wants to mold you into what they want you to be, just so they can make lots of money from you?



Present the "Golden Rule" "What if ...?" as an example.

  1. Introduce "How to follow instructions."
  2. Students pick one of their own Life-Rules.
  3. Students write a "What if ... ?" essay about their Life-Rule.
  4. Turn it in.



  1. Relevance of School to Life Goals. How does class work contribute to your Life-Goals?



  1. Introduce Self-monitors.
  2. Practice designing Self-Monitors.
  3. Students examine themselves for areas where a Self-Monitor might be useful.
  4. With teacher guidance, students set up self-monitors.



Set up and practice with readers for a dramatic reading.




About Honesty, a dramatic reading


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