Kids think they need to be super to conquer the challenges holding them back from being heroic in everyday life. In Teach the Essentials of Good Character with The Essentialz®, kids will learn how to master simple but essential character skills like the 12 superheroes who are The Essentialz.
In this book, each of the characters represents an important trait to teach students how to be comfortable in their own skin. This program is not only fun and engaging, but dialogue-provoking as well. Kids learn that even superheroes have flaws, which makes it easy for students to identify with the characters.
In Teach the Essentials of Good Character with The Essentialz®, each character has an intriguing backstory, compelling personality traits or quirks, and a private challenge they must conquer that should be very familiar to the participants.
Character Education curriculum focuses on the following set of core values:
• Caring/Tolerance of Others
• Good Citizenship
A fundamental principle behind Character Education is social emotional learning. Social psychologists discovered that many behaviors are learned either through conditioning or through modeling.
This entertaining book is a great resource for counselors, teachers, and psychologists to present the importance of good character in everyone. An accompanying slide show is available as a free download.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“This book is an essential addition to the toolkit of all counselors, psychologists, and others working with youth. Paul Cicchini’s idea of having superheroes that embody virtues and SEL skills is an act of practical genius.”
—Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, www.secdlab.org
“Paul Cicchini draws on the popularity of superheroes to create stories of positive character traits which can engage students of all ages. This is an effective way to help students see the importance of adapting beneficial character traits in their own lives.”
—William H. Trusheim, Ed.D., President, New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development Resource Center
“This activity program is both a character compass and a moral-psychology guide for the adult leader and youthful participants. What is striking about this book is its potential for adaption by those interested in the assessment and importance of character education.”
—John C. Lestino, MA LPC, School Psychologist, Edgewater Park School District, Edgewater Park, New Jersey
Table of Contents:
Overview: The Need for Character Education
The Basics of Character Education and Social–Emotional Learning
Holding Out for a Hero: Why Our Kids Connect with Superheroes
Rockie and Loyalty
Arsenal and Living by a Code of Honor
Maker and Being a Good Team Member
Hydro and Honesty
Triton and Forgiveness
Fisk, Overcoming Disabilities and Discrimination
Turbine and Overcoming Fear
Dark Matter and Responsibility
The Eagle and Good Citizenship
Fuega and Controlling Anger
Tempus and Caring (and Respect)
Sparks and Leadership
Female Comic Book Heroes and Stereotypes
The Essentialz and Teamwork
Real-Life Superheroes from History
Making the Final Connection—Kids Can Be Super
Expanding the Program
Appendix A: Super Women
Girl Power Bingo
Clues for Girl Power Bingo
About the Author:
Paul Cicchini, Ed.S., NCSP, is a school psychologist in the Camden School District, Camden, New Jersey. He was mentored by Rutgers professor Dr. Maurice Elias, and is now one of the few school psychologists in the country who is certified in School Leadership/Character Education. Cicchini is the author of the novels Young Cyrano, Godsmacked, and The Essentialz. He emphasizes elements of character education in his stories. His love of superheroes is what inspired him to create these characters and write The Essentialz and to create the curriculum Teach the Essentials of Good Character with the Essentialz®.