1. In particular, I refer to the books by W. Kilpatrick, and G. & S. Wolfe Books that Build Character, W. Kilpatrick
Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong
, and T. Lickona Educating for Character.
2. The connecting comprehension strategy, being promoted by the Reading Department of the New Haven Public Schools, requires students to make three types of connections: 1) text to text – students think of some other story or book that has the same elements as the book they currently read (setting, problem, solution, or other), 2) text to self – students think of some situation in their life that they recall in connection to the book/story they read, 3) text to the world – students connect the book or story to some event in the environment around them – their school, town, or country.
3. These are the words the fox says to the little prince in chapter 21 of the book
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
4. To create the evaluation rubric I used the website http://rubistar.4teachers.org.
5. I used these two websites to provide the information about the countries of France, Senegal, Iran, and Greece: http://print.infoplease.com; http://geography.about.com.
6. I found this Greek myth in
The Book of Virtues
by W.J. Bennett.
7. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_myth; http://www.mythweb.com/teachers/tips/tips.html for more information on Greek mythology.
8. The idea to end the unit with an ambiguous story, where morality is not easy to determine, belongs to Dudley Andrew.
9. Please, refer to the Connecticut State Department of Education website at http://www.state.ct.us/sde/dtl/curriculum.
*Along with the films in this unit, I also recommend other foreign films that teach responsibility:
Where Is the Friend's Home?
The Color of Paradise
Into the West
The Secret of Roan Inish
Not One Less
* I express my special thanks to the seminar coordinator, Crecia Cipriano Swaim, for her support and help during the work on this unit.