Digital Empowerment Module

Lesson 6: Exploring Your Personal Values

Before you start the lesson, make sure to read through the lesson overview and the lesson preparation. The Facilitator Guide can also help you prepare.

Lesson Overview

Lesson Preparation

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Personal Values


Your personal values are core to your purpose in life. The things you believe in and value deeply are likely to shape the aims that give your life purpose. With that in mind, take a few minutes to complete the handout that asks you to sort a list of values by how important each is to you.

Give each student a handout and have them complete it on their own.

Once students have finished, have them write answers to the following questions about the items that they placed a “1” next to (these questions are also listed at the bottom of the handout):

  • Why are these particular values so important to you? What do they say about the kind of person you are?
  • How do they influence your daily life?
  • How do they relate to your long-term plans? Do they influence the way you hope to leave your mark? If so, how? If not, why not?

Give students the opportunity to share either their writing or their thoughts about this process with each other or with the whole class, if they feel comfortable doing so.


(in class or homework)

Ask students to reflect on whether this exercise confirmed their sense of purpose or, if they aren’t sure of their purpose, did it give them any clues or insight into what their purpose might be?

  • How did students respond to this practice? Did they find it helpful in helping them decide what their purpose might be?

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This lesson is being shared through collaboration with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The Purpose Challenge Toolkit was created by Dr. Kendall Cotton-Bronk in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center and Prosocial. For more information, visit &

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