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Directions: Please read the following passage about Character Counts and answer the questions below.
The Character Counts program was started by a man named Michael Josephson. Michael Josephson used to be a lawyer, but now he works for free for the Josepson Institute. He founded this institute to help teach others about the Character Counts pillars.
The Institute holds that there are basic, common values that all of us as members of the human race share, regardless of our age, race, gender or religion. These values, called the Six Pillars of Character are:
Trustworthiness is about people who are reliable and have a good reputation. Trustworthy people are honest, loyal, and have the courage to do the right thing. Trustworthy people never deceive, cheat or steal.
Respectful people honor the worth and dignity of all people. They treat others as they would want to be treated. Respectful people never use bad language or manners; they deal peacefully with anger and disagreements.
Responsibility is about being accountable for your actions and behavior. Responsible people always use self-control, do what they are supposed to do and think before they act. Responsible people always do their best.
Fairness is about people who play by the rules, take turns and share. Fair people treat all people equally, they don’t have favorites and they never take advantage of weaker people. Fair people listen, they don’t blame carelessly.
Caring people are kind and compassionate. They help those who are helpless, they say “Thank you” and “Please” and they forgive others easily. Caring people are good people to have as friends.
Good Citizens make our schools, communities and country a great place to live. Good Citizens obey the rules of school and the laws in our community. They respect their parents and teachers.
Directions: Read the statements, fill in the blanks with a pencil and highlight the answers in the passage.
1. How many CC! Pillars are there?__________.
2. Trustworthy people are ________________ and _________________.
3. Respectful people deal ________________________ with anger or disagreements.
4. Responsibility is about being _____________________ for your ____________________ and ______________________.
5. _________________________ is about people who _______________ by the ___________________.
6. Caring people say __________ __________ and _______________.
7. Good Citizens respect their ___________________ and _____________________.
In the space below draw a picture of you practicing one the CC Pillars