Free Curriculum for Teaching the Book of Virtues

The Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett, is a massive collection of stories, poems, letters, speeches, and novel excerpts from every era and all over the world. He categorizes the stories and excerpts by the virtue each teaches – self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty, and faith. If you find that to be a bit heavy-handed, you can just read them for the pure pleasure of reading good stories. Some of the authors and writings that are included are:

  • Icarus and Daedulus
  • Daniel in the Lions Den
  • Tolstoy
  • Robert Frost
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • The Girl Scout Promise
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Helen Keller
  • Henry V by Shakespeare
  • In Flander’s Fields
  • Letter from Birmingham City Jail
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
Though, I really like The Book of Virtues, I wouldn’t be mentioning it if I had not just learned of a massive free curriculum project for teaching the The Book of Virtues. T8ermomma is a Latter Day Saint, but the curriculum seems like it could easily used in a secular manner. I have not used it yet, but have read through much of it and only saw one religious item, which was simply a place to list church obligations. You can find the curriculum at the Shiver Academy blog, just go down about two-thirds of the way and it is on the right sidebar. The file can be downloaded by chapters as it is a whopping 18.93 MB  (992 pages)! Don’t let the size scare you, it is not intended for any one person to use it all. It also includes extras such as cover and lapbooking pages.


Labels: Curriculum, Freebies, Language Arts, Literature
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff