Amazing Kids of Character Series
Running Time: 90 Minutes
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This uplifting five-part series highlights crucial cornerstones of character—courage, empathy, perseverance, respect and responsibility—by showing real kids who achieved amazing results for themselves and their communities. Each character trait is represented with five different profiles of truly amazing kids and hosted by a diverse, multiethnic group of students from around the country. These inspiring stories are sure to encourage your students to stand up and stand out. Follow-up activities in the Teacher’s Resource Book give ample opportunities for class discussion and continued exploration of these pivotal character themes.
Portraits of Courage
Profiles Victor Chavira (12) who saved his father from drowning in their backyard swimming pool, Alexis Paige (11), a blossoming young gymnast who qualified for the Junior Olympics National Championships by overcoming tremendous obstacles and Johnny Ramono (8) who, after developing leukemia, created a line of skateboards to help raise money for other kids with cancer.
Portraits of Empathy
Profiles Adam Seldon (12), the “little drummer boy” who raised money for orphaned friends he left behind in his native Liberia; Jenessa Largent (12) who made thousands of bracelets for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; and Braxton Bilbrey (8) who became the youngest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money for drowning awareness.
Portraits of Perseverance
Profiles the hard work and determination of Jason McElwain (17), an autistic equipment manager for a varsity basketball team, who scored 20 points in 4 minutes after finally being called on to enter a game; Ji-Yung (15), one of the youngest concert pianists ever to be signed by a professional agency, and Joshua Coles (8), a budding chess champion who defeats opponents many times his age. Portraits of Respect Profiles Evan Green (12) who is helping save California coral reefs by raising money door to door; April Baldwin (15) who works with the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum to teach students about respect; and Hunter Stewart (8) who races cars to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Portraits of Responsibility
Profiles Ben Underwood (16) who lost his sight at the age of two and now uses a unique version of sonar to navigate in the sighted world; a diverse group of 5th graders who travel to Death Valley on a mission to help restore its unique landscape; and Maya Murray (9) who resolves to make wholesome choices and sheds 42 pounds.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
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This series consists of the following products:Amazing Kids of Character: Portraits of Courage
Amazing Kids of Character: Portraits of Empathy
Amazing Kids of Character: Portraits of Perseverance
Amazing Kids of Character: Portraits of Respect
Amazing Kids of Character: Portraits of Responsibility
Special Hero Award
Silver Communicator Award of Distinction
Chris Awards: Honorable Mention
Blingy Awards: Sapphire Award
Hosted by a group of diverse students from across America, this series explores five important aspects of character building education: courage, empathy, perseverance, respect, and responsibility. Each title begins with age-appropriate students sharing, in their own words, what the character trait means to them. Three captivating live-action "portraits" of young people who serve as positive role models are featured on each film. For example, Victor talks about how he saved his father from drowning, and Benjamin, a teenager who lost his sight to cancer at the age of two, explains how he uses "echo location" in order to be responsible for himself and not have to rely on others. Jenessa, 12, made thousands of bracelets for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and April works in the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. Chapter selection is available. A valuable resource to supplement character education, team building, and citizenship units.
- Linda M. Teel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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