Lesson 2: The CharacterDare


  • Students will reflect daily upon their own character and identify ways they could improve it.
  • Students will understand why they are doing the Character dares.
  • Students will know the four stages of character development.


  1. Say, “Today we are going to have the awesome opportunity to start the CharacterDare challenge!”
  2. Relate the following story to students: A public speaker, Keith Hawkins, presents throughout the United States. Mr. Hawkins once asked the audience of6,000 students at the California State Conference for Student Leaders a simple question, “How many of you in the last month have had a parent or guardian ask you at the end of a day, ‘What did you do for others today?’ Not, ‘What did you do today?’ or ‘How was your day?’ Out of 6,000 students not one raised their hand. The point of the story is that the question not being asked is an important one, “What did you do for others today?” This is what we are going to be doing over the course of this year by through the use of CharacterDare Challenges.
  3. Say, “Remember that character is who you are and determined by the thousands of choices you make daily, but the key to developing strong character is discipline and practice. You will not be required to do each dare; it is a choice that you will make. We hope that you will take the challenge, not only for your own personal character development, but also because it will make our school a better place as well. “
  4. Say, “Before we give you the first character dare, it is important that you know how your character is developed through the Four Stages of Character Development.
    1. Project the document onto the screen and explain the stages ending with the key to character development being practice.
  5. Introduce the first CharacterDare pages that includes two overview pages and the first actual dare at the end. See below.
  6. Tell students that everyday they will reflect on how the previous dare(s) have gone and also provided with a new CharacterDare of the day. Tell students to always write down the day’s dare and label it (Ex. Day 1…)
  7. Discussion: Ask students, “If character is who you are, then why is it important that we intentionally work on our character each day through these challenges?”