Final projects may include writing a letter to a community leader about a specific community problem, orchestrating a discussion with family members about a specific concern, or designing a brochure to educate the community about an issue that affects their community.
If you are interested in using this curriculum for your classroom, please register here.
This year-long program shows ninth grade students in the Boston Public Schools and beyond that with careful and thoughtful responses, they can bring about change in the world around them.
“The Courage of My Convictions” is aligned with state and district learning standards as appropriate to the ninth grade.
One of the goals of the curriculum is to help young people understand that we all face challenges in life—both large and small—and that we all have the capacity to be “everyday heroes.” Through this program, children come to realize that their actions can be powerful agents of change.
Students read the carefully selected, award-winning novels below as a framework to think about courage, and facing obstacles and challenges in their own lives.
Students will revisit Max’s story, with an emphasis on how he and his family worked to unite a community around a specific purpose.
His positive attitude, as well as his actions that drew together the community, demonstrates to students how one individual can make a difference.
We recommend that teachers encourage students to engage in art activities that reinforce the language arts program, further developing critical thinking skills through artistic expression.
Each participating teacher will receive curriculum guides as well as a guide for sharing Max’s story and facilitating discussions about courage.