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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: This is a workbook that incorporates autobiographies of seven famous athletes. The stories serve as the basis for exploring the seven virtues of character: Cooperation, Initiative, Perseverance, Compassion, Integrity, Attitude, and Respect. This is part of the Character in Action program.
Type of Reading: family reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 14; read yourself: 12 and up
Young Reader Reaction: In my opinion this book is about realizing your personal character. I think this book could be used as a family tool to foster respect as well as helping children and teens make the right decisions. I give this workbook a 10 out of 10 and hope that all schools offer a class in character.
Adult Reader Reaction: Using biographies of contemporary sports heroes, students have the opportunity to see how the seven attributes of character influenced their hero’s lives and how they might influence their own personal lives. Although this may be valuable in a family setting, it really is a tool better used in the classroom.
Pros: The workbook is the road map and schedule for implementing the Character In Action Program. It is well organized and provides the teacher, parent, and student with an organized guide for completing the program. The integrity creed would make an excellent poster to hang on a classroom wall.
Cons: Workbooks as valuable educational tools get mixed reviews. In the hands of creative and innovative teachers they can be superb and valuable resources and exciting for the students. In other situations, they can be crutches for mediocre instructors and boring, busy-work, and drudgery for students.
Borrow or Buy: This may be something you borrow if you are homeschooling. It is also a good teacher's aid.