Here is the literature that we’re reading that connects to the concepts in the Curating a Culture of Respect project:
Bystander, by James Preller
The Thing about Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
Wonder, by RJ Palacio
The Big Wave, by Pearl S Buck
The Miracle Worker (story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan), play by William Gibson
Every student reads a book about the Holocaust (fiction or non fiction)
Each of these stories has the theme of overcoming challenges/hardships. The theme of the first half of the year is: “Who am I? Who/what has helped me become the person I am today?” We then ask kids to define (and try to become) the best version of themselves. Later in the year we discuss how challenges and hardship define us and makes us stronger—helping us become the best version of ourselves.
We would love to hear about other books or recommendations around how helping, supporting and respecting others can bring out the best in all of us.