SEL Spotlight for the September Issue

By Talia Cowen
September 3, 2019

You can rely on Storyworks Jr. to provide you with opportunities to teach social-emotional learning in every issue. Keep reading to see the SEL that awaits you in the September issue.

This story about how a lion raised in captivity was set free in the wild includes a real-life example of responsible decision-making. When faced with the difficult decision of what to do with the 500-pound lion living with them, Christian's human companions decided on a humane solution. The story can spark a discussion about the compassionate treatment of wild animals, identifying and solving problems, ethical responsibilities, as well as relationship skills like teamwork.

Mango, Abuela, and Me is a story about a girl and her grandmother who comes to live with her—but doesn’t speak English. The bond that develops between them crosses language barriers, and you’ll be able to use the heartwarming story to touch on themes of communication, relationship building, understanding, and acceptance.

In this gripping historical fiction story about the sinking of the Titanic told in the form of a read-aloud play, students will be drawn into the plight of several survivors of the disaster. Learning about the selflessness and heroism of these individuals, students will practice social awareness skills like empathy. 

How do you teach SEL in your classroom? Let us know at storyworksjr@scholastic.com.

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