Design your Day- Be Motivated for Army JROTC

By Michael Matson, November 1, 2014

Grade Level

  • High School


  • City of Neighborhoods

Subject Area

  • Social Studies

Lesson Time

60-90 minutes- NOTE- I picked Social Studies- but this is an Army JROTC class


IN School and especially in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (JROTC) - Attitude is everything. Come prepared to Learn. Army JROTC prepares students to accept the challenges of life. Teaching students to come to school with a good attitude to learn is everything. Freshman year, especially the first semester is critical to getting started and being successful in high school. Goals are understanding your cumulative GPA starts with your freshman year. How critical it is to start off with good grades as a freshman. Students will be engaged in understanding how important their first semester of high school is to their overall success in high school. Research shows that attendance and grades are directly affected by starting off as a freshman.

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:

Comprehension and Collaboration:


Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Anchor standards for Language:

Conventions of Standard English:


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Knowledge of Language:


Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Students will understand study skills and importance of coming prepared for class every day. Students wil understand importance to read the material ahead of time. Students will know how important freshman year is in thier overall success. Students will learn about life skills and self regulation.


White board or overhead. Create a handout on Attitude; brainstorm with your students to compile a list of aspects of attitude for the handout.Include both good and poor aspects of attitude for comparison.


Handout on attitude. Journal and notebook.


Self regulation. Attitude. Life skills. Cumulative GPA.


Set-up. Arrange classroom so all students can see each other. maybe in a circle? Teacher hands out attitude sheet. Teacher reads sheet to students. Students offer their thoughts. Teacher explains how important freshman year is in overall high school success. Teacher is excited about helping freshman understand their potential. Teacher asks students to come to board and write down one word to help all brainstorm about attitude-what it means and how it impacts their day. Teacher explains Cumulative GPA and how you get it. How it keeps changing throughout High school. How important it is to start with a strong base of good grades. How your first semester grades hugely impact your cumulative GPA base starting point.  Teacher then asks students to write in their journal two basic goals that they will achieve this first semester. how those goals will support the "attitude" they have now to be the best student they can be.


I will ask the students to tell me one thing they learned today. I will ask students to turn in Journals at the end of class to see what they wrote about goals.

Enrichment Extension Activities

I will explain how grades effect participation in athletics and extra curricular activities. In our school, you cannot fail any class if you want to participate in athletics. I will explain how JROTC support and co-curricular teams must have leaders who achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to stay in a leadership position.

Teacher Reflection

Teacher will ask Seniors to come in to talk to students how they learned from this class. How they can try and relate to the current freshman that their freshman year was critical in achieving their academic goals.  Teacher will evaluate how more handouts might be appropriate. How students might turn in an assignment that more involves research to support this class. IE- Studies on the importance of freshman year and adjusting well to high school transition.

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