Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (Mixed Grades)

Source: Character.org

In this lesson, Kindergarten students will be paired with high school art students. Each class will read the book Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. This book is a collaboration between Maya Angelou (poem) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (illustrations). The students will discuss their own fears and how they can overcome those fears. In the Kindergarten class, the focus will be on overcoming fears though special “super powers”. In the high school class, the discussion will be centered on fears about graduating. In both classes, we will compare our fears to those of the other class. In the end, students will discuss the fact that everyone has their own fears in life but managing those fears helps us grow as individuals.

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