#1) Life Principle:

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

Quote: Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.
                   - Lady Montague

#2) Key ideas:

  • We all have the ability to be courteous.     
  • We can decide to conduct ourselves in a respectful, considerate manner toward everyone.
  • We build our reputation as a respectable, thoughtful person by using courtesy.

#3) Lexicon:  Courtesy    Elementary     MS/HS

  • Break the word into pieces
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word
  • Select synonyms that support

#4) Describing the process:

  • What would courtesy look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “courtesy”, and using complete sentences add supporting details.  

#5) Introduce the Question Focus: State topic for questions.  QFT – Question Formulation Technique

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Courtesy.”

#6) Produce the Questions:                           
Materials needed: white paper and markers        
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve questions:                                            

  1. Identify open and closed ended questions
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize questions:                                     
State the lesson plan criteria/guidelines, and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important. Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions. Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps:                                        
“What are we going to do with these questions?”
(Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.)
Sample: Decide on specific rules of courtesy that will be used in the school environment.

#10) Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection:
Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
Sample: “What will courtesy look like for us?”