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Voices Literature & Writing Aligns to the CASEL Core Competencies

Social & Emotional Learning Core Competencies

CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) has identified five core groups of social and emotional competencies:

  • Self-awareness—accurately assessing one’s feelings, interests, values, and strengths; maintaining a well-grounded sense of self-confidence
  • Self-management—regulating one’s emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles; setting and monitoring progress toward personal and academic goals; expressing emotions appropriately
  • Social awareness—being able to take the perspective of and empathize with others; recognizing and appreciating individual and group similarities and differences; recognizing and using family, school, and community resources
  • Relationship skills—establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflict; seeking help when needed
  • Responsible decision-making—making decisions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and likely consequences of various actions; applying decision-making skills to academic and social situations; contributing to the well-being of one’s school and community of each lesson and literature as a way to connect to students and create a warm, caring relationship and a positive classroom climate
     

Voices Literature & Writing Themes

Six Program Themes: Identity Awareness; Perspective Taking; Conflict Resolution; Family, Friends, and Community; Social Awareness; Democracy

CASEL Competency

Voices Literature & Writing Program Theme

Voices Literature & Writing Social Competencies

Voices Literature & Writing Core Activities* and Instructional Strategies

Self-Awareness Identity Awareness
  • Identity Exploration
  • Identity Integration
  • Pride and Self-Acceptance
  • Self-defense
Share Personal Stories*
  • Identity Petals (physical, family, character, social, and personal)
  • Identity Boxes
  • Facial Drawings
  • Body Drawings
  • Family and Cultural Background Tree
Students discover their own unique personalities as they gain a strong foundation for developing healthy relationships.
Perspective Taking
  • Emotional awareness
Stand in the Shoes of Others*
  • Name Those Feelings
  • I Feel
  • You Feel
  • I Messages
  • Attentive Listening
  • Partner Sharing, Interviews, and Brainstorming
  • Readers’ Theater
Students develop empathy as they become aware that other points of view are valid and should be respected.
Family, Friends, and Community
  • Personal goal attainment
Create a Personal Freedom Plan*
  • Stand in Your Shoes
  • Web: What Is Love?
  • Web: What Is Family?
  • Web: What Is Friendship?
  • Healthy and Harmful Influences
  • Friends’ Identity Petals
  • Social Obstacles and Friendship
Students learn about the importance of helping one another achieve important goals in their lives. They learn about what kind of support and help they need. In turn, they learn about how they can best help their family members, friends, and community members.
Self-Management Perspective Taking
  • Emotional Self-Management
Stand in the Shoes of Others*
  • Name Those Feelings
  • I Feel
  • You Feel
  • I Messages
  • Attentive Listening
  • Partner Sharing, Interviews, and Brainstorming
  • Readers’ Theater
Students develop empathy as they become aware that other points of view are valid and should be respected.
Social Awareness Identity Awareness
  • Identity Exploration
Share Personal Stories*
  • Identity Petals (physical, family, character, social, and personal)
  • Identity Boxes
  • Facial Drawings
  • Body Drawings
  • Family and Cultural Background Tree
Students discover their own unique personalities as they gain a strong foundation for developing healthy relationships.
Perspective Taking
  • Empathy
  • Sympathy
Stand in the Shoes of Others*
  • Name Those Feelings
  • I Feel
  • You Feel
  • I Messages
  • Attentive Listening
  • Partner Sharing, Interviews, and Brainstorming
  • Readers’ Theater
Students develop empathy as they become aware that other points of view are valid and should be respected.
Social Awareness
  • Social values: fairness, equality, justice, compassion, Golden Rule, etc.
  • Social obstacles: discrimination, prejudice, etc.
Role Play Intergroup Conflict*
  • Scales of Fairness
  • Stand in Your Shoes
  • Healthy and Harmful Influences
  • Experiences of Fairness
  • Role Models’ Identity Petals
  • Community Service
Students learn to foster relationships and begin to understand the pitfalls of stereotyping and prejudice.
Democracy
  • Social goal attainment
  • Social advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Social respect
Create a Democracy Plan*
  • Web: What Is Freedom?
  • Stand in Your Shoes
  • Web: What Is Democracy?
  • Social Activists’ Identity Petals
  • Recitation of Famous Speeches
  • Core Democratic Ideals and Symbols
Students learn the value of fairness and respect and learn that they need to contribute to society and practice good citizenship.
Responsible Decision Making Conflict Resolution
  • Kinds of conflict
  • Conflict escalation
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution strategies
  • Interpersonal social problem solving
  • Non-violent conflict resolution
Role Play Interpersonal Conflict*
  • Conflict Webs
  • Conflict Escalator
  • Different Ways to Solve Conflicts
  • Peace Table
  • Experiences of Conflict
Students learn new strategies for resolving differences and how to get along with others.
Social Awareness
  • Intergroup conflict resolution
  • Intergroup conflict resolution strategies
Role Play Intergroup Conflict*
  • Scales of Fairness
  • Stand in Your Shoes
  • Healthy and Harmful Influences
  • Experiences of Fairness
  • Role Models’ Identity Petals
  • Community Service
Students learn to foster relationships and begin to understand the pitfalls of stereotyping and prejudice.
Relationship Skills Family, Friends, and Community
  • Love and freedom related values
  • Support goal attainment for others
  • Friendship skills
Create a Personal Freedom Plan*
  • Stand in Your Shoes
  • Web: What Is Love?
  • Web: What Is Family?
  • Web: What Is Friendship?
  • Healthy and Harmful Influences
  • Friends’ Identity Petals
  • Social Obstacles and Friendship
Students learn about the importance of helping one another achieve important goals in their lives. They learn about what kind of support and help they need. In turn, they learn about how they can best help their family members, friends, and community members.

 

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