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
- Crow and the Pitcher Poster
- Goal Quote Posters -
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
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.
- The Starfish Story
- The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy; Poster of Three Questions
- The Three Questions (simplified) by Leo Tolstoy
- The Paradoxical Commandments
- Big Rocks - Story about prioritizing choices;
- Two Choices - Story of child with learning disabilities
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?”
- Chicken Soup for the Soul - posts free stories every month.
- "Be the Best You Can Be" - Book with inspiring true stories about Goals and Values for kids and teens by Amy Newmark and Dr. Milton Boniuk
- ‘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.
- Expectation Eight - We will practice virtuous living, using the Life Principles. (printable poster)
- Multiple Resources including printables Please select your grade level for resources pertaining to this expectation.
- High School
- Middle 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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