Explain that today we will talk about specific character strengths. Have students make predictions about what the phrase “character strengths” means.
Activate Background Knowledge
Ask the students what characteristics are.
Ask the students if everyone has the same characteristics. Hopefully they say no. Guide them to the decision that everyone has different characteristics that are stronger in them than others.
Explain briefly that there are 24 character strengths, and everyone will have different ones that they are better at than others.
Activity 1: Speaking
Before showing students the following chart, ask them if they know what a virtue is.
Definition: a particular good quality in someone’s character.
Show the virtues chart, and ask them to predict what kind of character strengths or characteristics a person with each virtue might have.
Have them predict with partners or create six groups, and have them discuss character strengths for one virtue.
After they discuss, write some of the characteristics they thought of on the board for each virtue, and have a class discussion.
Show the following chart and ask them if any of their predictions were correct.
love of learning
appreciation of beauty and excellence
Activity 2: Vocabulary
Have students look up or study one of the virtues by learning about all of the character strengths within it. They should work together to write a brief description of their assigned virtue and the character strengths it contains.