You can use the template below to create your own character education lesson plans. The resources listed at the bottom provide plenty of ideas for how to integrate character and the core ethical values into all curricular areas. Be creative and have fun!

Character Education Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Plan (Topic):

Grade Band/Level:

Core Content Area:


Character Education Connection:

Scope: ( ) Short (one class period)
( ) Medium (more than one class period)
( ) Long (Project/unit - many class periods or lessons)

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals
Students will

Students will understand that . . .

Essential Questions:
What are . . .
How does . . .
Students will know

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Tasks:

1. Develop a . . .

2. Compare and analyze . .

3. Create a . . .

Other Evidence:
Quiz on . . .
Write a reflection/self-assessment on . . .

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Learning Activities:

1. Go to [website] to research . . .
Conduct a discussion of the following facts

2. Divide into groups and produce a . . .

3. Go to [website] to collect information on . . . .

4. Choose an [issue]. Conduct research about . . .Two groups compare data and draw comparisons using . ..

5. Debate [the issue]

6. Other

List all content standard(s), strand(s), and cumulative progress indicator(s) that are addressed in the lesson(s).


Key Resources for Integrating Values

into the Curriculum

Beland, K. (2003). Eleven Principles Sourcebook How to Achieve Quality Character Education in K-12 Schools. Washington, D.C.: Character Education Partnership.

Bohlin, K. (2006). Teaching Character Education through Literature: Awaking the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms. New York: RoutledgeFalmer.

Developmental Studies Center. Making Meaning: Strategies that build comprehension and community. Oakland, CA: Author

Lickona, T. (1991). Educating for character: How our schools can teach respect and responsibility. New York: Bantam Books.

Ryan, K., & Bohlin, K. (1999). Building character in our schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Stirling, D., McKay, L., Archibald, G., & Berg, S. (2002). Character Education Connections: For School, Home and Community. Port Chester, NY: National Professional Resources, Inc.

Related websites

Association for Conflict Resolution
Infusing and Integrating Conflict Resolution into the School Curriculum and Culture
(This article provides definitions, strategies and a suggested framework for an integrated and comprehensive approach to infusing one aspect of character education into the curriculum.)

Center for the 4th & 5th Rs, State University of New York at Cortland

Character Education Partnership, Washington, D.C.

Creating Character - Visual History Lessons on Character Education
University of Southern California

The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character
at Boston University School of Education

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning