Living the Hero's Quest: Character Building Through Action Research

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Libraries Unlimited, 2005 - Education - 119 pages
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The author has developed a manual for the easy implementation of the character education program she created. As an added bonus, the book includes an explanation of the action research completed with the original implementation of this program. It includes the necessary lesson plans, eight original hero tales, annotated bibliographies of other applicable tales, assessment pieces, reproducible forms and instructions for implementing the program and the action research piece. It also includes a sampling of the results of her research to date, original student reflections, texts of interviews and analysis. A foreword by well-known young adult fantasy author T. A. Barron, author of the popular Merlin series, is featured.

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About the author (2005)

Mary Humphrey has more than 17 years experience as a teacher and school librarian, and brings a wealth of knowledge to character education and children's literature from both classroom and conference experiences. Realizing that the critical lessons students grasp are learned from the stories they hear and read, Ms. Humphrey has developed a character education program based on the heroes of folk and fairy tales. Most recently, she received the Louise Bechtel Fellowship from the American Library Association, an award specifically granted for the pursuit of the effects of the folk literature on character values (2004). She has also received the We the People Bookshelf Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for both 2004 and 2005. Additionally, she has been a presenter for the NYSCATE, New York Librarian conferences and storytelling conferences. She has written for School Library Media Activities Monthly.

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