What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character


Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traits?but they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid?s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more.

Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them...

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Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traits—but they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid’s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more.

Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them to explore what they stand for at school, at home, and in their communities. True stories profile real kids who exemplify positive traits; resources point the way toward character-building books, organizations, programs, and Web sites.

Text, anecdotes, and activities direct the reader to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A marvelous approach to character development.... Readers will gain insight into who they are and who they hope to be.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library

 “Read, America!" Selection

Parent Council® Selection

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
When the media teaches children things we'd rather not have them learn, turn them into topics of discussion. This book will provide the way to do just that. Twenty-seven different character traits, such as respect, responsibility, and honesty, are explained. The author then extends thinking by offering topics to debate and reflect. Following that are activities to undertake. Books and web sites are recommended. For each value there is a story of a child who exemplifies it.
VOYA - Nancy Zachary
This well-organized, factual compendium provides a marvelous approach to character development. Traits range from the inner self-positive attitudes, courage, honesty, and loyalty-to the most outgoing modes of leadership, endurance, and forgiveness. This volume covers a wealth of information in short, friendly passages that include self-assessment, definitions, proverbs, recommended reading, and activities to help explore one's attitudes and reactions to real-life situations. Excellent indexes provide easy access to subjects, reproducible pages, and Web sites. While many teens might not request a title of this kind, there is something for everyone to consider in this unusual volume. Answer a survey about fears, interests, or clothing; or read a character profile that sounds like a success story right out of a teen magazine. Teachers may want to incorporate a portion of a chapter in a lesson plan, and parents will appreciate the communication skills outlined throughout the chapters, including peacefulness, respect, and responsibility. I highly recommend this text for library shelves and would also consider it an excellent travel companion for young adult readers on a long car ride, a camping trip, or as a group reading experience. Readers will gain insight into who they really are and who they hope to become. Index. Illus. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
Children's Literature
How can a teen develop accountability, courage, empathy, honesty, integrity, and responsibility? These character traits, along with many others, are discussed in this workbook for teens. Each chapter focuses on one character trait and how it can be used and strengthened in the teen's life. There are activities, web sites and addresses to get more information, and even character dilemmas to challenge the teen on how he/she would react in that situation. This book is designed to help the teen look at his/her own life and to develop character traits that may be weak and to enhance those that are already strong. It is a user-friendly book that is simple to follow and fun to read. The text uses Merrick Johnson, who at twelve had the courage to follow her dream to climb Mount McKinley, and other real people and their stories of how they developed certain character traits as examples. This outstanding book would be excellent for use in schools in character development programs. It would also be good for parents and teens or even youth leaders and their groups. A list of resources for teachers and parents is included at the back of the book. 2005 (orig. 1998), Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 12 to 18.
—Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
This book, a compendium of ideas, activities, and resources, helps young people explore who they are and develop positive traits such as caring, good citizenship, empathy, respect, peacefulness, and responsibility. Teachers, counselors, and parents will want to know about this book, as kids are not likely to pick it up on their own. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575420295
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 139,280
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

A former public school teacher, Barbara A. Lewis has received many awards for excellence in writing, teaching, and leading youth in service projects and social action. She and her students have been honored for community contributions by President Clinton and featured in many national magazines and newspapers, The Congressional Record, and on national television. Barbara’s books include The Teen Guide to Global Action, What Do You Stand For? A Kid's Guide to Building Character, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action, and Kids with Courage. Barbara is a sought-after speaker on topics including character development, service, and social action. She has lived in Indiana, New Jersey, Switzerland, Belgium, Utah, and Poland. Barbara and her husband, Larry, currently reside in Park City, Utah. They have four children and five grandchildren.
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