In this session, participants will use a biography of civil rights worker Rosa Parks to explore the importance of respect.


  • Character


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of respect for others and of self-respect.


A Heroic Act to Gain Respect activity sheet—make a copy for each participant


Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.

Activity 1

Gaining Respect

Pass out copies of the activity sheet A Heroic Act to Gain Respect to participants.


Ask them to read A Heroic Act to Gain Respect. After participants finish reading the essay, use the reflection questions below to make the point that respect is an essential part of success in life.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • Why is it important to have respect for others?
  • What are some ways that teenagers frequently show a lack of respect?

Analysis Questions

  • Do only the people we admire deserve respect? Why or why not?
  • Why would Rosa Parks be concerned by a lack of respect by clearly bigoted and ignorant people?
  • Wasn’t Rosa Parks showing disrespect for the laws of the city of Montgomery? How can you justify her actions?
  • How might you use this in your potential career?

Generalization Questions

  • How would your experiences as a student be different if everyone embraced an ethic of respect for all?
  • How might you use this in life or in college?
  • Why is this important?
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