Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Medal of Honor
Character Development Program

Program Overview

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program teaches courage, commitment, integrity, sacrifice, citizenship, and patriotism to students through educationally grounded lessons developed by teachers for teachers. These six values are embodied in the Medal of Honor and exemplified in the actions for which it has been awarded.

Both the elementary and secondary resources of the Character Development Program teach students to recognize and exemplify these values, making them useful as a classroom management system or a tool to create a positive and healthy school culture. The lessons feature extraordinary military and civilian stories, providing students examples to live by. Because the lessons are grounded in cross-curricular academics, most teachers can incorporate them into an existing unit and double the accomplishments in their precious teaching minutes. Built to be flexible, the program is appropriate for public, private, charter, homeschool, and extra-curricular settings.

The entire Medal of Honor Character Development Program is available at no cost to educators. The curriculum includes individual and group activities, worksheets and extended activity suggestions, and resources such as Medal of Honor citations, live and archived webinars, and an extensive living history collection. Both the elementary and secondary resources can be accessed by clicking below, and you will also find training opportunities and several other resources to use as you use the lessons and share the values with your students.


Elementary Lessons

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program Elementary Resource is designed specifically for K-6th grade students, providing access points for younger students to Medal of Honor values at their level. Through contemporary academic curriculum and classic stories of Medal of Honor Recipients and citizen heroes, students learn to show respect for others and in doing so make their schools and communities better places to learn and live.

The elementary resource assignments and activities fit efficiently into existing disciplines, time periods, and schedules.

Secondary Lessons

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program Secondary Resource, designed for 6th-12th grade students, consists of academic lesson plans based on the stories of Medal of Honor Recipients and citizen heroes. These content-rich non-fiction primary sources and engaging narratives differentiate this resource from other character programs. While learning history and practicing a variety of academic skills, participating students also develop values that will benefit them and the communities they live in. The secondary resource can be easily adapted for use in community programs such as scouting and expanded to provide a basis for service projects and leadership development.

Training Opportunities
Webinars
Educator Awards
Resources