Tapestry of Faith: Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth

Activity 4: Respect Role Models

Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A large, soft ball or a small pillow

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Alternate Activity 3, which offers an extension of this activity. If you have time, you may wish to substitute Alternate Activity 3 here.

Description of Activity

Youth identify respect role models.

Introduce this activity by saying there are different levels of respect. We may try to respect all life because of its "inherent worth and dignity." People earn additional respect from us by their actions.

Invite the group to form a circle. Everyone should think of people or groups they respect and why they respect them. When the pillow or ball is tossed to them, they should name someone they respect and why. There are no right or wrong answers. The respected role models may be someone they know, someone famous, or just someone they heard about. For example, a participant could say, "My history teacher is a respect role model because he encourages people to voice different opinions in class discussion." After they speak, the participant throws the ball to someone else.

End the game by asking the group to identify commonalities they heard in the respect role model sharing.