Perseverance means persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
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Give students a few minutes to discuss the relationship between resilience and perseverance. Then discuss it as a class.
Put the students in small groups. Ask them to discuss what they remember resilience means.
Perseverance: determination to keep trying to achieve something in spite of difficulties.
Resilience: the ability to become strong, happy, or successful again after a difficult situation or event
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Go over the following words together.
Have students choose which words are related to perseverance.
Read the following passage as a class. You may want to go over vocabulary words before, during, or after reading.
Thomas Edison, born in 1847, had a lot of trouble in school. He got poor grades and didn’t listen to the teacher. Instead, he would daydream. Perhaps he daydreamed about interesting things he could make. His mother decided that she would teach Thomas at home. He started reading as many books as he could to learn a lot about many different subjects.
Edison was most interested in learning how things were put together and how they worked. He became a great student when he was able to study what interested him.
Thomas Edison went on to become a very famous inventor. He invented the motion picture camera and the phonograph. He also improved the light bulb, electric motor, and typewriter. He invented too many things to list! Edison created over 1,000 new things. His home and laboratory in New Jersey is now a museum.
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Watch the following video: Perseverance - a 2D Animated Short Film
Ask students to discuss the following questions:
Think of an example from your life about when you persevered. Write the story down using these questions:
After answering the questions, have students share what you wrote with a partner. Each partner should interview the other by asking the questions.
Ask someone outside of your class the same interview questions from Activity 5 and write down their answers.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
Have someone share what their friend said in the interview.
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