‘Be Yourself’ is suitable for children in grades K-6 and aligns with collective efforts to create safe and caring schools. Educators can also use this book as a resource for reading and discussions that meet learning outcomes in Health Education, Social Studies , Language Arts and EAL programming particularly (for Manitoba):

Physical Education/Health Education Curriculum:

General Learning Outcome 4: Personal and Social Development

  • Sub-strands:  
    • Self-Awareness/Self-Esteem
    • Sociological factors (social factors)
    • Social Behaviour (responsible social behaviours, appreciation of diversity)
    • Relationships (developing relationships)   
    • Feelings and Emotions (self-expression) 

Social Studies Curriculum:

Personal identity, connecting with their families and others around them and social relations are themes that are emphasized in the social studies curriculum, especially in the earlier grades.  Human rights, equality and responsibilities of citizens are themes featured prominently in the curriculum.  “The curriculum seeks to help all students develop positive self-identity and positive relationships with others.  There is a strong emphasis on accepting diversity as an essential element”.  (Tavares, Tony. 2013, An Overview Diversity in Manitoba’s Curriculum)

 General Learning Outcome: Identity, Culture and Community

  • Core concepts:  
    • Citizenship
    • Diverse Perspectives
    • Human rights
    • Equality

English Language Arts:

The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is intended to help students explore their world and the world around them.  Students are provided with opportunities to explore diversity in families, communities, cultures and peoples and to develop a sense of empathy, understanding and positive and respectful relationships with others. 

General Learning Outcome 5: Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to celebrate and to build community

  • Sub-strands:
    • Develop and celebrate community
    •  Encourage, support and work with others

EAL Curriculum:

Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to participate, communicate and contribute to an interdependent, multilingual and multicultural local and global society.

               Domain 3: Intercultural Competency and Global Citizenship

  • Core concepts:      
    •  Diversity
    • Language and Culture
    • Canadian culture and traditions
    • Intercultural communication
    • Building community

 “The intent of these outcomes is to help students develop an understanding of how human beings and groups that they belong to are both similar and different.  The curriculum seeks to help students develop critical thinking skills and develop an appreciation and respect for those who have different perspectives, needs, life experiences, cultures, languages, and worldviews.” (Tavares, Tony.  2013, An Overview Diversity in Manitoba’s Curriculum)

 

 

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