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Building Critical Social & Emotional Skills Through Literature (K-12)/Semester

 

Do you wish you had an appropriate and engaging way to address social emotional issues? Do you like to use authentic literature in your classroom teaching? SEL is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. Teachers are searching for the most effective ways to introduce and teach appropriate social-emotional skills in the classroom as they relate to sensitive issues, many of which are beyond their control. This course provides the perfect approach by using high-quality literature to deal with sensitive issues from tattling and appropriately developing friendships, to depression, stress and anxiety, bullying, substance abuse, and others. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on each topic as well as the implications for the classroom environment and teaching. Then, a minimum of two books are shared for each topic along with three-to-five lesson plans for each title. The course introduces lesson plans for over twenty chapter books and thirteen picture books. An additional list of picture books and novels are shared for every single social-emotional topic presented in the course. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"My goal of taking this course was to walk away with resources I can turn around and use right away, rather than abstract ideas. I feel like that was achieved, especially with the lesson plans and book suggestions. I actually have a few of the titles in my library already, so now I feel like I can start using them in a new and purposeful way." - Emily Ornelaz

 

Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $170 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $366

 

Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

"The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom" by Patricia A. Jennings

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List

 

Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 114BXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40261

Unit One

  • The Convergence of Social and Emotional Learning and Literature
  • Opening the Lines of Communication
  • Using Google Forms for Surveys
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Autism
  • Tattling
  • Bullying
  • Assignment #2: Locate anti-bullying resources

Unit Three

  • Gangs
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Assignment #3: Write a script to help a student deal with trauma

Unit Four

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Illness
  • Assignment #4: Develop a survey

Unit Five

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Assignment #5: Develop a role-play script for two students regarding a sensitive issue

Unit Six

  • The Impact of Culture
  • Friendship
  • Non-Traditional Families
  • Assignment #6: Create lessons the integrate literature with a social-emotional skill
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)