Literature Guides

Teach generosity and philanthropy through shared reading

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.

  • All of the novel and picture book titles available are pictured below. Scroll down to find links to access each literature guide through a searchable database (teen guides in the green block; picture book guides in the red block) . 

The shared experience of reading a book is powerful in many ways. We learn reading, listening, and  comprehension skills, while we laugh, cry, and celebrate the joys and sorrows that good literature present. We discuss real issues in a safe environment. We broaden our global perspective. We share closeness as we sit and talk together. Books stretch our minds with knowledge, understanding, and imagination.

Reading with someone younger or older is an opportunity for tutoring and for developing relationships and respect across generations or grade levels. 

Teen Novel Literature Guides

Literature guides and book talks were created for the following titles by 11th grade students in Indiana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Guides for Picture Books with English and Spanish Versions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Guides for Picture Books with Peace and Fairness Themes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Guides for Picture Books with Animal Themes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography of Philanthropy Literature: (Coming Soon) A list of multi-genre children's books with thematic connections to philanthropy for discussion in class, in a youth group or service-club setting, or reading to a child at home.

 

Literature Guides for Teen Novels

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Literature Guides for Teen Novels

Search for a literature guide from our collection of 14 teen novel titles.

Literature Guides for Picture Books

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Literature Guides for Picture Books

Search for a literature guide from our collection of over 50 picture book titles. Several have Spanish versions. Great for parents, classroom literature discussions, and reading buddies of any age.

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Issue-Related Lesson Plans, Community Resources, and Project Ideas

Browse the topics below to help your planning. Each Issue Area colored block below contains related K-12 lesson plans to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy.

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Courses and lessons uniquely designed for independent schools to develop hearts and minds. Through the Learning to Give courses and lessons for independent schools, you will find creative examples of teaching and learning that develop students’ 21st century competencies – like collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, and analysis – while equipping students to give, serve, and take citizen action to better their world.

These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.