“To present this lesson to my classes, I asked for volunteers to read this story as a play. Before class, I had highlighted the speaking part of each character in separate books. This way, each student was visually prompted when it was his/her turn to speak. The audience helped by taking turns reading the introduction to the story and by being good listeners. The material presented a fictional plot that could actually happen in today's schools. The dialogue and realistic nature of the story kept all of my 5th grade students engaged from the beginning to end.
After the play, I put students in small groups and had them discuss the good and bad character traits of the main character and the ways each one of he supporting characters showed examples of being a leader and a follower. These were activities that came from your activity guide. Each group then came up with verbal responses to the scenarios in “It's Up to You,” the last page of the comic book, which again gives very realistic situations that could happen to today's kids. All my students enjoyed these activities almost as much as the actual play.
Thank you for providing quality, high-interest materials to our schools. My classes had fun while being reinforced on the concept that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.”
Maxi Kolb, Guidance Counselor
Lowes Elementary School
“The lesson that was discussed in your booklet, The Champion in All of Us, is something that is baldy needed with many middle school-aged students. The format that was used proved to be very successful with my students. I teach deaf and hard of hearing students whose first language is American Sign Language. They often struggle with reading. The visual comic book format made it much easier for my students to follow and comprehend.
The students relly enjoyed this story and at the same time learned a very valuable lesson that will help them be more responsible citizens. They enjoyed the story so much that they are planning to perform a skit based on this story.”
Lori Mohan, Teacher
Kentucky School for the Deaf