Character Education

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Now a national priority, character education is being implemented by schools and other public and private organizations across the United States. Whether you are establishing a character education program or looking for an effective way to teach your children the importance of values and good character, this book, loaded with nearly 300 resources, can help. Each of the 17 chapters focuses on a specific trait or virtue and identifies dozens of picture books, novels, biographies, and nonfiction titles that ...

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Overview

Now a national priority, character education is being implemented by schools and other public and private organizations across the United States. Whether you are establishing a character education program or looking for an effective way to teach your children the importance of values and good character, this book, loaded with nearly 300 resources, can help. Each of the 17 chapters focuses on a specific trait or virtue and identifies dozens of picture books, novels, biographies, and nonfiction titles that illustrate the trait and can be used as springboards to discussions. Introduced with a description, each chapter features annotations, cross-references to other traits, famous quotes, discussion starters, activity suggestions, and collaborative reading titles. An indispensable resource and reference guide, this book is essential for coaching young citizens in positive behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
This useful tool is organized in 17 chapters with each one focusing on different character traits such as flexibility, initiative, humility, and patience. Each chapter begins with a definition of the term and lists several books that range in age appropriateness. A brief summary of the book is followed by discussion/activity notes, a list of related traits/curricular themes, and suggested collaborative readings. Relevant quotes from a variety of well-known authors and others are interspersed throughout. This book stands out from others of its type because of its excellent introduction that talks about character education in general, specifics related to the home and classroom, as well as a consideration of various formats and genres; its brevity that makes it a useful planning resource without being overwhelming; and its thorough index of titles, authors, and concepts. A boon for librarians as well as for parents who are homeschooling or organizing group projects.-Laura Hauser, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Recently, there has been a renewed interest in reinstating "character education"<-->discussions of values and behavior to help students develop as responsible citizens<-->in American classrooms. McElmeel's text serves as a resource and reference guide for educators and parents to initiate discussions and learning about character and values. Each of the 17 chapters focuses on a specific trait or virtue, e.g. caring, confidence, courage, curiosity, flexibility. Each chapter provides a list of recommended picture books, novels, biographies, and nonfiction titles demonstrating the trait, which can be used to stimulate discussion with children. Written for grades K- 5, but adaptable for higher grades. The author's credentials are not given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088841
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/2002
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

SHARRON L. MCELMEEL, Adjunct Instructor at Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a long-time educator and library media specialist who has built a national reputation in the area of children's literature and is an often-requested conference speaker. She was named Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year in 1987 and was nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year in 1997.

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