Lifeskill of the Month Newsletter

October: Courage

Courage is...

To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences.

Signs a Student is Showing Courage...

  • Are willing to accept new challenges
  • Practice skills even when the material is difficult
  • Use good judgement before taking a risk
  • Speak up for themselves and their own beliefs
  • Acknowledge when they make mistakes
  • Befriend a classmate that others ignore
  • Ask questions or say "I don't understand."

Classroom Inquiries that Develop Courage

  • Research historical events to discover people showing courage
  • Identify courageous characters in literature
  • Analyze actions of people in the news and look for courage
  • Write a card or letter to a local citizen that shows courage
  • Talk about "Famous Failures" and discuss how they showed courage to continue

Literature Connection: Courage

  • Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are, by Maria Dismondy
  • Courage, by Bernard Waber
  • Peep: A Little Book about Taking a Leap, by Maria Van Lieshout
  • If I Never Forever Endeavor, by Holly Meade
  • Read me a Story, Stella, by Marie Louise Gay
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty
  • The Recess Queen, by Alexis O'neil
  • Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride, by Marsha Amstel
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles
  • Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine