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ERIC Number: EJ784840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Who Can Be a Hero?: Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, and Discovering Strength of Character
Morin, Kathleen Dunlevy; Bernheim, Rachel Oestreicher
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v17 n4 p17-30 Mar-Apr 2005
"A Study of Heroes: Making a Difference Using Your Heart, Intellect, and Talents" is a program originally developed in diverse school communities. Students learn to distinguish between the concepts of hero and celebrity and to discover the real heroes in their own families, schools, communities, and most importantly--within themselves. This program was designed to complement mandated curricula and can be used to address national and state curriculum standards. Thirty units offer teachers rich content, engaging activities, teachable artwork, and most of all the flexibility to easily integrate these resources into their individual instructional settings. Students explore the tradition of heroes drawn from diverse periods of history, ethnicities, and areas of accomplishment. This multicultural, interdisciplinary program (now K-adult) integrates social studies and language arts with character education. It fosters service-learning, critical-thinking skills and conflict-resolution strategies; moreover, it encourages intergenerational family and community involvement. In this article, the authors share a selection of materials from one of their units of study: "Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan: The Miracle and the Teacher." The 22 hero-profile units follow a similar format, offering biographies at three readability levels and a rich assortment of related activities. Eight companion units present creative resources to further develop "the basics" while building good character. This article includes materials from all three levels. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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