“A Saint in the City” Teacher’s Guide and curriculum will help a teacher feel empowered, effective, and appreciated because the stories and activities learned will make a difference in the lives of their students, reminding them of the impact and opportunity they have to transform lives.
These lessons are geared to encourage students to make positive changes, to learn from the mistakes of others, the consequences of poor choices, inspiration to rise above their unfortunate circumstances and be a success, as well as reading about someone or a person they can relate to or one that has had similar problems. These stories can be tools that help open students up to discussions in class that lead to a better understanding of life and the role one plays in it.
All strategies and classroom activities/discussions are based on common core state standards. These student-centered teaching strategies help improve students’ literacy skills, cultivate critical thinking, and create a respectful classroom climate.
Why you should read “A Saint in the City” and use the curriculum:
It’s now about Non-fiction, not fiction
Literacy and reading is likely to be comprehensive narratives rather than inference from stories. Why? Post-high school reading in both college and career are more often expository than fiction as high school grads study for college courses or receive specific training on a job. Students need to know how to perform the critical reading necessary to pick through the staggering amount of print and digital information required to thrive at the game called life.
Life skills are emphasized in this teacher’s guide of lessons. It’s not good enough students can write in literacy classes. CCSS expects them to communicate just as effectively in every subject. And, where critical thinking has always been fundamental to math and science, that now expands to all classes. Students must understand cause and effect, transfer knowledge from one subject area to another throughout their educational day
Improvement on speaking and listening skills. Anyone who thrives in the adult world knows the importance of these two skills. The curriculum offers guidelines for students to create a debate, come prepared for class discussions, listen respectfully to others, take turns speaking, build on each other’s conversations, and ask clarifying questions.
Will provide students with an increase in rigor. Accountability will be expected of students and teachers with these lesson plans. It offers more than a test for teachers to assess students. These authentic lessons will engage the students in extended thinking, empower and challenge them to push themselves academically; it will also help them develop a growth mindset that reminds them that “Failure is not an option.”