Core Competencies

Social Awareness and Responsibility

Social Awareness and Responsibility by Education Librarian

Personal and Social is one of the three Core Competencies in the BC curriculum. Social Awareness and Responsibility is one of three sub-competencies in this area. Listed below are selected resources for teachers, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction related to Social Responsibility.

Les compétences personnelles et sociales sont l’une des trois compétences de base du programme d’études de la Colombie-Britannique. La conscience et la responsabilité sociales sont l’une des trois sous-compétences de ce domaine. Vous trouverez ci-dessous une sélection de ressources pour les enseignants, des livres d’images, des ouvrages de fiction et des ouvrages documentaires en rapport avec la responsabilité sociale.

Ressources pour les enseignant (Teacher Resources)

At the intersection of selves and subject : exploring the curricular landscape of identity,

by Ellyn Lyle

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 12

At the Intersection of Selves and Subject: Exploring the Curricular Landscape of Identity aims to raise awareness of the inextricability of our teaching and learning selves and the subjects with whom and which we engage. By exploring identity at this intersection, we invite scholars and practitioners to reconceptualize relationships with students, curriculum, and their varied contexts.

Gaming SEL: games as transformational to social and emotional learning,

by Matthew Farber

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 12

Games have the potential to impact children’s well-being in a variety of positive ways, whether it’s social modeling or mood management.Emerging neuroscience research suggests that social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are, in fact, teachable. When integrated into classrooms, games can provide rich opportunities for social and emotional skill development.

Teaching globally: reading the world through literature,

by Kathy G. Short, Deanna Day, & Jean Schroeder

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 8

Teaching Globally is built around a curriculum framework developed by Short and can help teachers integrate a global focus into existing literacy and social studies curricula, evaluate global resources, guide students as they investigate cross-cultural issues, and create classroom activities with an intercultural perspective.

Being the change: Lessons and strategies to teach social comprehension,

by Sara K. Ahmed

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 12

This book is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. It identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension, providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today’s society.

Effective strategies for integrating social-emotional learning in your classroom,

by Erick J. Herrmann

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 12

Learn how to embed social-emotional learning (SEL) into everyday instruction with useful strategies. This effective teacher resource, authored by SEL expert Erick Herrmann, dives into each of CASEL’s core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) and explains how the related skills and behaviors (including compassion, kindness, resilience, empathy, and gratitude) are associated with them, giving teachers the insights, they need to integrate SEL.

Character toolkit for teachers: 100+ classroom and whole school character education activities for 5- to 11-year-olds,

by Frederika Roberts and Elizabeth Wright

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): K – 12

This book gives teachers the means to promote gratitude, positive emotions, character strengths, and positive relationships through easy-to-implement activities such as student diaries, classroom displays and letter-writing campaigns.

Les livres d’images (Picture Books)

The rare, tiny flower,

by Kitty O’Meara; illustrated by Quim Torres

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 3 (Pre-K – 3)

When a strange flower causes strife in her town, a young girl, solving its mystery, uses her voice to get people to see beyond their fighting and come together, in this thoughtful poem, told in the form of a parable.

Be a bridge,

by Irene Latham and Charles Waters; illustrated by Nabila Adani

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 4 (Pre-K – 4)

Upbeat rhyming verse and colorful illustrations of a diverse group of students invite readers to “be a bridge” by taking actions that foster inclusivity, respect, and connection.

Be a good ancestor,

by Leona Prince & Gabrielle Prince; illustrated by Carla Joseph

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 1 (Pre-K – 1)

Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you.

Change sings: a children’s anthem,

by Amanda Gorman; illustrated by Loren Long

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 3 (Pre-K – 3)

As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes – big or small – in the world, in their communities, and, most importantly, in themselves.

 I walk with Vanessa: A story about a simple act of kindness,

by Kerascoët

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 3 (Pre-K – 3)

This book explores a child’s feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.

The thundermaker,

by Alan Syliboy

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 3 (Pre-K – 3)

Little Thunder’s father, Big Thunder, has passed on the role of thundermaker to him. Little Thunder learns about his responsibility and his identity through his father’s teachings and his mother’s traditional stories.

What matters,

written by Alison Hughes, illustrated by Holly Hatam

Niveau scolaire (Grade level): Préscolaire – 1 (Pre-K – 1)

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal exploring nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

Trouver d’autres ressources

Voici quelques conseils pour trouver d’autres ressources dans ce domaine :

  • Sur la page principale du site de la bibliothèque de l’UBC, utilisez la boîte de recherche générale pour rechercher des matériaux à travers toutes les succursales de la bibliothèque de l’UBC.
  • Pour limiter vos résultats aux matériels disponibles à la Bibliothèque de l’éducation, visitez le site web de la Bibliothèque de l’éducation et effectuez une recherche à l’aide de la case “Search Education Resources” située dans la bande à gauche de l’écran.
  • Remarque : les ressources étant principalement cataloguées en anglais, les termes ci-dessous donnent généralement plus de résultats que les recherches effectuées en français. Vous pouvez filtrer votre liste de résultats par langue dans la barre latérale de gauche.
  • Utilisez des termes de recherche spécifiques, tels que
    • “social responsibility”, “social justice AND study and teaching”, “social learning”, “affective education”, “social skills AND study and teaching”, ou “citizenship AND study and teaching
  • Pour trouver des plans de cours, incluez “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” dans vos termes de recherche.

Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to physical materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms, such as
    • “social responsibility”, “social justice AND study and teaching”, “social learning”, “affective education”, “social skills AND study and teaching”, or “citizenship AND study and teaching”
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

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