Building Character is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike.
Because “character words” such as trustworthy, motivated, and courageous are defined in the book, it kicks the vocabulary level up a little higher than the third grade level normally used in these books. But, each vocabulary word is thoroughly defined directly after word introduction and the overall "feel" of the book matches the rest of the series. Like the other books, it contains airy-pages and bullet-point information for easy independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.
Workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real world activities are provided whenever possible.
Lessons in Daily Living Skills Building Character include: What is Character?, Why Should I Care?, Changing the World, Why Should I Have to Change?, Golden Rule=Empathy, Ten Terrific Traits (Courageous, Positive, Grateful, Trustworthy, Kind, Best Effort, Persistent, Self Reliant, Sense of Humor, Balance), Weighting Character Traits, Balancing Conflicting Virtues, When Other People Behave Badly. Additionally, this books provides a student grading sheet, answer key and Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance to federal mandates.
A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.
Titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include: Building Character, Cleaning House, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Paying Bills, Safe Dating, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Voting, Who Am I? College and Career
A Power Point Presentation introducing the program to students, parents and staff is available free of charge on this site.
A Teacher’s Manual providing tips on implementation and written ITP goals for each workbook is also available for purchase on this site.