Book Builders

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
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2
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5
6
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10
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12
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Social-Emotional Learning
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Community
Focus Question 

How can a literature project help build school-wide positive culture?

Unit Overview 

Students define and give examples of character traits in people and traits in action. In an effort to strengthen community, students draft and share a simple book about character traits. They learn the importance of their actions as playing a role in making a better climate in their community.

Photo Credit: IMG81 by US Department of Education is licensed under CC by 4.0 

Service Experience 
Students collaborate in groups to create a picture book based on defining character traits, with the message of taking actions to build community and an awesome school year. Variation: The final books may be published on posters, with each poster a separate page. The students read (and act out) their story, set to music, at a school assembly. By writing and sharing their writing, they advocate for community culture of collaboration and kindness.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Book Builders
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

In an effort to make an awesome school year, students draft and share a simple book describing the strengths and needs at the school to challenge everyone to make the school great. They learn the importance of community/social capital by building positive experiences with students of different ages. The students publish the completed pattern book and share it with others.

Photo Credit: IMG81 by US Department of Education is licensed under CC by 4.0 

Unit: 
Book Builders
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In an effort to strengthen the notion that individual voluntary action can have a significant impact, students will create books where one key historical figure's actions turn from philanthropic to selfish. They will imagine what the world would be like in the absence of great deeds of generosity and character. The students illustrate with their imagination and words the impact of character and philanthropy to make a difference.