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Lesson 10: Worksheet

Activity 1

1. Work in groups of four 2. Look at the list of what are generally considered to be the characteristics of a hero 3. Focus on the words that are printed in bold letters. Which words do you already
know and which are new?

4. Divide the new words among the members of your group 5. Each group member reads the description of the words assigned to him/her and tries to
derive the meaning from this description.

6. After he/she has read the descriptions, he/she thinks of an example to illustrate each
assigned word 7. Each group member presents the assigned words, describing it in his/her own words and illustrating it with an example

Characteristics Of A Hero

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Courage The most important quality of a hero is his courage. A hero always overcomes his fears and confronts challenges Conscience A hero knows what's right and what's wrong. He or she is able to distinguish between what is correct and what is wrong - something which requires a strong conscience. Often things are not black or white. In such a situation, a hero must know who to side with and what is the correct thing to do. Selflessness A hero always puts others before himself. He cares little about his own personal problems and makes himself available when he is needed. Selflessness is one of the prime qualities which distinguishes him from the rest of us. Whether it is a burning building, or the gun of a criminal, a hero always tries to save the people in danger, all at great personal risk. Sacrifice Sacrifice is a quality that stands unique from all the other virtues which makes a hero noble in his deeds. He or she is willing to set aside personal interests and comforts if that is necessary for a higher cause or for the welfare of others. Determination A hero has a very strong will to reach his goal Focus Being focused is also one of the most prominent qualities of a hero. It seems as if all heroes have definite motives. All their life they hardly lose focus of what they want to achieve or establish. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi was focused on driving the British forces out of India so the Indian people could be free, and to preach the world the ideology of nonviolence. Compassion A true hero is always empathetic, benevolent and shows a great deal of compassion and tenderness to those with problems or in distress. He or she keeps aside thoughts those are oriented to the self and has an attitude that helps others. Perseverance This quality is what that makes the hero special. Even if they encounter failure on their way, they are determined to get over it and fight till they achieve success. They do not give up simply rather they are focused to withstand all the consequences that they may encounter in their path. Dedication The heroes are selflessly dedicated to their task and will thus focus their actions towards its achievement. They whole-heartedly dedicate themselves to the task, which is set, and work towards its completion. A hero is considered to be loyal and is faithful to whatever tasks they take up. His commitment to a particular cause is strong

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10. Loyalty

11. Conviction
Heroes have a strong conviction and strong beliefs, which not easily be changed by obstacles and problems..

12. Responsibility

Heroes feel responsible for the task they have set or the problem they have to solve

13. Wisdom Wisdom is the most desired quality, which a leader must possess. A fool can lead a horde of beasts but not human beings set on a definite purpose. Only a wise and clever person can do so. Whatever a hero may be a warrior, a preacherwisdom is always an attribute that all of them possess

Activity 2

1. Continue working in the same group 2. Discuss the following:


Most people believe Courage, Compassion, Determination and Wisdom are the most important of the characteristics for a hero. Do you agree or do you think other traits are more important? How does the list of characteristics compare with you own list in the previous lesson? Which items do you think are the most important now?

3. Make a list of the 6 characteristics you think are the most important.
Activity 3 Reading the text 1. First look at the title of the text and the illustration. What do you think are the main topics? 2. Next look at the guiding questions: What happened to Jackie Robinson in World War II? What is meant by breaking the color barrier? How did people react to Jackie Robinson when he first started playing in the major league? How did the Dodger's fans feel about having a black player in their team? How did Jackie Robinson respond to the racism? What else was Jackie Robinson actively involved beside baseball?

3. Read the text at least twice. Try to read it in one go the first time. If you come across words you don't know try to guess the meaning and if you can't guess, skip them and read on. There are a number of words in the text that have been underlined. You will find a translation of the underlined words at the bottom of the second page. (See text in source 1 lesson 10) 4. After reading the text you answer the questions Activity 4 1. Discuss in the same groups of four which of the six characteristics of a hero you have listed in Activity 2, apply to Jackie Robinson, based on what you have read about him in the text. Decide whether or not you consider him a hero. 2. Tell the class about the outcome of your discussion