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

Alternate Activity 3: My Care and Feeding Booklet

Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch writing paper and construction paper
  • A stapler
  • Pens/pencils/markers
  • Optional: Additional decorating materials, such as stickers, glitter, etc

Description of Activity

Youth create a booklet on the care and feeding of humility.

Say, in these words or your own:

Have you ever read a booklet or a web page on how to take care of a new pet or plant? Living things, if they are to survive, need nurturance

What does a plant need to survive? [Affirm correct responses.]

What does your pet need to survive? [Affirm correct responses.]

Now, think of the virtue of humility. If you want to stay humble, keep humility alive in you, how will you nurture it? [Responses may include remembering to be grateful; sharing credit for group projects; practicing an art, craft, or sport to become better; or praising others for their hard work. Prompt if needed.] As a reminder of what you need to practice to keep humility alive in your life, you can make a booklet, "My Care and Feeding of Humility Booklet."

Demonstrate how to fold a few sheets of paper in half and staple to make the booklet. Use construction paper for the cover. Invite participants to make booklets, fill the pages with tips on the care and feeding of humility, including illustrations, and design a cover.

Encourage the youth to share ideas.

If time permits, invite a few volunteers to share their booklets. Invite the youth to take their booklets home.