Cho ice C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Poetry and Literature Examples

Use literature to show how choices are an essential element in any situation. Analyzing them is a valuable tool for comprehending uniqueness and diversity. Inherent in classic literature are lessons of life that teach virtue, morality, and understanding of the world’s cultures. Rich vocabulary and picturesque language bring an enjoyment of reading and learning that cannot be surpassed by textbooks.

Analyze any piece of literature with the Simplified Goal Setting Worksheet or the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Simplified Decision-making Process Worksheet


  • The Crow and the Pitcher Lesson Plan - Includes powerpoint

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Anthology of Poems for Choice 

  • I choose to live by choice --Author Unknown 
  •  A Better Me by Jojoba Mansell  
  • DREAMS by Langston Hughes  
  • The Challenge by Jim Rohn  
  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost  
  • The ARMFUL by Robert Frost  
  • Plain Old Oyster --Author Unknown  
  • What is Success? By Ralph Waldo Emerson  
  • Hard Choices by Jojoba Mansell

Life Is by Mother Teresa

The Three Gates” - Arabian

Just One --Author Unknown

At the Crossroads by Kim Pitner

At the Crossroads - Author Unknown

The Bridgebuilder” by Will Allen Dromgoole

C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Choice Chants, Posters, and literature - includes a variety of resources including a poem chant to help remember the five C.R.O.S.S.ROADS steps.

Classic Literature Resources - List of resources for fables, myths, etc.

Literature Examples:

For quick classroom lessons on Choice, an easily accessible resource Is the Chicken Soup series of books. Most of the short stories may be used for illustrating and analyzing choices.

Suggestion: Read one of the Chicken Soup stories at the first of class and do a quick 2 minute pair share analyzing, “ What choices are evident?”

Other Resources:

  • ‘Hand’y Curriculum Connections Page One, Page Two - graphic organizer
  • Hand’y Curriculum Digital Download

  • Life Principles - There are 36 Great Expectation life principles and several have expanded resources which include literature and activities. See the menu on the right on the Life Principle main page for links to the current expanded life principles.

  • Eight Expectations: Resources include printable posters of Expectation, a printable quote, and sections for literature, vocabulary, music and videos, an introductory activity, a cooperative structure, sign language, self-reflection, celebrations, and a brain break. Each allows for selection of appropriate grade level material: Elementary, Middle, and High School.
  • Practice Seven : Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula. - Contains multiple resources including 30 instructional strategies.

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