Objective: Explore powerful issues in related texts

Sometimes, when terrible things happen, it can be hard to handle the bad news. It can be hard to think that the world is a decent place with decent people in it.

Fred Rogers (of the famous children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) passed along some advice for kids watching terrible news:

There was something else my mother did that I’ve always remembered: “Always look for the helpers,” she’d tell me. “There’s always someone who is trying to help.” I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.

Read The Three Articles Below (You Might Get Help with the Second One)

Courage Q & A: Ask an essential question based on your reading of the three articles. (And participate in the discussion). Our Question Starts may help you.

Courage Poem: Create a powerful found-object free-verse poem based on the text of the Washington Post article (or the letter).