1. Introduce the definitions shown below of respect and responsibility and provide examples of each. With each example, highlight the critical attributes of the definition that are illustrated by the example.
Responsibility: Being accountable for my own actions and choices (and their consequences) without blaming others.
Respect: Treating others the way I want to be treated.
Respect for others: Being considerate and honoring the feelings, opinions, and property of others.
Respect for self: Being good to myself and not putting myself down, taking care of myself.
2. After the definitions are introduced, then ask students to share their own examples of respect and responsibility and tell why this is an example of the trait.
3. Tell students that they will be reading a story about a young girl who is bilingual in Spanish and English and she gets frustrated because she has to translate for her friends and family. In the story she demonstrates both respect and responsibility. As they read the story, ask students to find examples of both respect and responsibility. Tell them they will be writing down some of the examples after reading the story. Students will read “Pepita Talks Twice” with a partner.
4. Distribute the doll pattern handout. Direct students to draw a line down the middle of the character doll pattern lengthwise. On one half of the head write respect, and on the other half of the head write responsibility. Have students review the story text to find and write specific examples on the appropriate half of the character profile doll that illustrate Pepita showing respect and responsibility.
5. Divide students into groups of four. Have them take turns sharing one example each for respect and responsibility that is written on their character trait doll. Remind students to listen attentively and show encouragement and appreciation for each person in the group. Have the group select one student to share their profile with the class.
6. Have students process their group work by orally responding to one or more of the following prompts in their group:
How did you show respect and responsibility in your group?
How did someone show you respect in your group?
What can the group do next time to improve how they work together?
What would you do differently next time in the group?
7. Students then identify specific instances when they have shown respect and responsibility in their lives by writing about them in their journals.
8. Students will divide a paper in half and label each column as shown below. Students will then record the similarities and differences between Pepita and themselves using Pepita’s examples and their own personal examples from their journal notes of how they show respect and responsibility.
How Am I Similar to Pepita?
How Am I Different from Pepita?
9. Students will share their similarities and differences in their small groups.
10. Give each group the opportunity to share anything they discovered about themselves with the entire class.