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Lesson Summary

Wisdom is the action taken from a combination of knowing what is true or right with just judgment. Being wise requires processing thoughts and situations before acting. This lesson gives a real-life example of a woman who decided to honor her values and beliefs. It helps girls understand the importance of wisdom and how to incorporate the character trait into their lives and relationships.

Character Trait

Wisdom is a calmness that stills the thoughts in our brains lets us see the bigger picture and weigh all the options. It carries a strong, selfless, beautiful power. It strengthens, builds and opens minds. The absence of wisdom leads to weakness, a breeding ground for anxiety and fear. This is the place where teams fall apart, arrogance is revealed and false leaders prevail. A wise person fills a room with quiet strength. The arrogant person barges into a room and strips it of dignity. Arrogance is selfish; wisdom is selfless.

Wisdom comes from deep personal growth and struggle; it takes time to cultivate and a conscious effort for it to infuse one’s spirit. It requires a willingness to be vulnerable and to connect with others to start bridging the gap between differing viewpoints. And making that decision to value others and attempting to understand their situations is an important step in building wisdom and a better future for everyone.

Why We Chose Sacagawea

Sacagawea was a symbol of peace and wisdom. This teenage girl helped Merriweather Lewis and William Clark explore the Louisiana Purchase. She conversed with men, navigated through the wilderness, and made life saving decisions during critical moments.

She had a way of staying calm, which allowed her to see events around her unfold. She evaluated her options and used her wisdom to make beneficial decisions for herself and others. was still able to think clearly and help others. In applauding the amazing qualities of Sacagawea, we remember girls need not wait till they are adults to display their wisdom. Every one of us is born with it, we just have to decide when and where we will use it. Sacagawea teaches girls that they are capable of some amazing things right now. Encouraging girls to step into leadership and growth opportunities will expand their wisdom. Sacagawea herself may have never known the depth of her wisdom had she never accompanied Lewis and Clark.

Sacagawea’s story reminds us to tell the young girls in our lives that they are wise and responsible leaders, a very admirable trait.

Lesson Overview

Table of Contents

Section 1: Preparatory Reading
Introduction from Heather Stark: Why Sacagawea?
The Journey of Sacagawea's Life
Character Trait: Wisdom
Lesson Contents

Section 2: Group Activity Guide
Timeline Poster
Illustrated Portrait
Activity Booklet (Reading Section)
Content Discovery
Activity Booklet (Question Section) & Biography Workbook
Play-It-Forward Cards

Section 3: Closing Discussion Guide
Closing Discussion Questions