M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Children's literature; Moral education (Elementary)
Elementary Education and Teaching
A fourth-grade reading class was taught a unit in character education to determine if there was increase in knowledge from the pre-test to the post-test after using children's literature and other supplemental activities. The unit was broken up into six different traits; fairness, trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, caring, and citizenship. Each trait was taught over the course of a week while integrating two children's books highlighting the particular trait of focus for the week. The children were also taught using activities, worksheets, journal prompts, awards, and discussions. A teacher journal was also kept to note important findings. The students pre-tests indicate that the children were a little unclear of the definitions of the different character traits. However, after a week of activities, including reading appropriate children's literature there was an increase of their knowledge of the particular trait. The students showed that using children's literature along with supplemental materials is a successful way to teach character education.
Quinn, Rebecca, "Strategies to teach character education through children's literature" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 835.