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BIG PHILOSOPHY FOR LITTLE KIDS


DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE BOOK HERE-> BigPhilosophyforLittleKidsALL-.pdf

TABLEOFCONTENTS     CORE-STORIES     ABOUT THE AUTHOR     DOWNLOADS     TEACHERS' INTRO

PRAISE     THE ART OF TEACHING     START HERE->ATTENTION!     MY FUN STORY     LEGEND OF ENGLISH

AUTOBIOGRAPHY     TRUE HAPPINESS     NARCISSUS & ME     R-E-S-P-O-N-D     GOLDEN CIRCLE

TWIN SISTERS     REALLY GROW UP     PAPA'S UNIVERSE STORY     STATE STANDARDS

Sanchez Elementary, San Francisco, 1994

Table of Contents

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE BOOK HERE BigPhilosophyforLittleKidsALL-.pdf


Section One: Story and Timelines


     I.     Attention!  Teach Your Children to Focus, Persist, and Rest (2-4 Weeks)

     ✤     [DOWNLOAD the entire “The First Secret Lesson” in PDF:-> FirstSecret-1.pdf]

     ✤      The First Secret: The Story of Wilma Rudolph and The Wisdoms of Failure

     ✤     Vocabulary Preparation

     ✤     Comprehension Preview and Creation

     ✤     Writing Possibility:

My [adult, e.g. Mom/Dad]’s heroics

Interviewing, listening, notes, writing, rewriting.

     ✤     Quotable Quotes Quota: An Introduction

     ✤     Taking it to heart: Self-Challenges

     ✤     Creation of Charts, Evaluations, Reflections: StudentHood Report Cards

     ✤     Timeline: A Personal Introduction (e.g., 11 years). Simple self-observation.

     ✤     More World Stories on Attention!     

     •      Glenn Cunningham

     •     The Thirsty Bird

     •     Helen Keller

     •     Sleeping on Brushwood

     •     The Mighty Atom

     •     DOWNLOAD ALL ATTENTION STORIES.pdf

     ✤     Paragraph Construction: The Hamburger Model and The Four Great Voices Paragraph

     ✤     CLICK HERE FOR A PRE-MADE RUBRIC FOR WRITING SELF-ASSESSMENT



     II.     My Fun Story (2-3 weeks)

     ✤     [DOWNLOAD the entire unit for “My Fun Story” in PDF:->FunStory.pdf]

     ✤     Writing: Draw, then Talk and Sketch, Draft, Improve, Rewrite, and Show

     ✤     Prewrites for Set-Up and Setting

     ✤     Prewrites for Character, Plot.

                  Introducing the Coloring the words:

                    Plain/Silver/Golden Levels of Writing

                    Figurative Language: Similes, Metaphors...

                    Hyperbole, Personification

     ✤     Click on -> PlainSilverGolden.pdf to get PDFs for your bulletin board

     ✤     Making it Shine: Publishing My Book; dvd




III. The Legend of English: The History of our Language (1-2 weeks)

     ✤     [DOWNLOAD a PDF of this unit by clicking  LegendofEnglish.pdf ]

     ✤     Vocabulary Preparation

     ✤     Comprehension Preview and Creation: also Questions from the STARs

     ✤     Charts:

                Download a 2’ x 10’ poster:-> TIMELINEEnglish.pdf

                Download a 3’ x 6’ poster:-> The Body of English (life-size) Word Wall

     ✤     Making it Shine: Our Test! Kids Make up 10 questions for their parents to answer

     ✤     Writing Possibilities:

                Word Research, Word Analysis




    IV.Taking it to Heart: Autobiography (1 weeks)

     ✤     Prewrite via charting

     ✤     Practice: Simple Paragraphs; Grabbers and Main Idea




Section Two:  Responding to Wise Sayings and Metaphorical Stories


IV. Brief and Long Lasting Happiness/”True” Happiness (2-3 weeks)

          Download this UNIT: KingMidasUnit.pdf

     ✤     The Hellenic Story of: King Midas

     ✤     How to write a simple 2-point paragraph

     ✤     To Download all “True Happiness” stories in a word

          document click--> WorldStoriesonTrueHappy.doc

          OR in PDF form: 3Happy.pdf                                                                                  

          Supplemental Games About Happiness

     ✤     



V. Narcissus and Me (1-2 weeks)

     ✤     The Need for Self-Knowledge and the Teacher’s Introduction: The Two Arms of Self-Knowledge

     ✤     Clues on How to Look Up from the Pond

     ✤     Hand Squeeze

     ✤     Primary Theatre: Narcissus at the Pond

     ✤     Writing Assignment

     ✤     To download all Self-Knowledge stories in word document click):-> WorldStoriesofSelfKnowledge.doc OR in PDF form: 4SELFAWARE.pdf


VI. Ways to R-E-S-P-O-N-D to Quotable Quotes  (~4 weeks)

     ✤     To DOWNLOAD the RESPOND  & Teaching to the QWIER UNIT, and all the Quotable Quotes in PDF  document click:-> RESPONDpacket1.pdf

     ✤     Responsive Paragraphs

Practice: Grabbers, Topic Sentences, and Details

     ✤     Teaching to the QWIER, the great concluding sentence

     ✤     R-E-S-P-O-N-D to the following categories:

     •     The Golden Circle of Behavior & Experience

     •     Friendship

     •     Excellence

     •     Self-Knowledge

     •     The Power of Thought

     •     Perception

     •     Speech

     •     Restraint

     •     Mind

     •     Happiness & Appreciation

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VII. The Golden Circle Of Behavior and Experience (1-2 weeks)

     ✤     Three Laws of Science

     ✤     Writing: The Golden Circle of Behavior and Experience

     ✤     Writing: The Metaphor of the Charioteer: CyberWise, Captain Awake (in process)


VIII.Damonia and Destiny: The Tales of Twin Sisters (2-4 weeks)

     ✤     DOWNLOAD this entire lesson:-> TWINSStory.pdf

     ✤     Vocabulary Preparation

     ✤     Writing Possibilities:

                         Summation and Review

                         Framing the Story; Evoking the Characters

               Coloring the words:

                    Plain/Silver/Golden Levels of Writing

                         Figurative Language: Similes, Metaphors...

                         Hyperbole, Personification

                         Rubric Creation and self-evaluation




Section Three: The Developmental Rainbow


IX. What Is It To Really Grow Up?     (3-6 Weeks)     

        A Real Talk for Kids Today about a Wonderful Future

     ✤     To DOWNLOAD the entire unit for printing, click-> RainbowUNIT.pdf

     ✤     Note Taking, Discussion, Paragraphs, Full Writing Process, Essay, Parallel Writing


     ✤     For a Word document of the essay only, CLICK-> ReallyGrow.doc



SUPPLEMENTALLY, in process


X. Where did all this come from? Papa’s Universe Story

     ✤     Vocabulary Preparation; Word Research, Dictionary Explorations

     ✤     Comprehension Preview and Creation

     ✤     Question Stems from the STARs

     ✤     Writing Possibilities: Responding to Text; The Topic Paragraph

     ✤     Taking it to heart: Other Creation Stories

     ✤     Download the unit (as is): Papa'sUniStory.pdf

     ✤     Download “Papa’s Universe Story” in Farsi: Papa'sUniverseStory_Farsi-1.pdf



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