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Rich Library: SEL Topics


Books on social and emotional learning (SEL) topics, such as developing empathy and productive persistence, help teach these skills. A classroom library can provide a wealth of stories for modeling and reflecting on SEL skills and behaviors, building students' Vocabulary and ability to express their own emotions and feelings.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 3:42, watch how high school students read and discuss complex SEL topics through the lens of the characters. Although this video features high schoolers, students in grades 4-6 can also read and participate in discussions on age-appropriate SEL skills.

  • By incorporating books with SEL lessons, teachers can stimulate discussion on complex topics, such as Emotion and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills, through the lens of a character, allowing students a safe space to reflect and learn. This can also convey the power of books to transport, connect, and challenge students with different experiences, further developing students' Background Knowledge.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how the Middle School Confidential apps provide stories as comic books that tackle challenging preteen topics, like self-esteem and identity.

  • Digital libraries can include a section of books dedicated to SEL topics, as Booksource has done. This allows teachers and students to easily search and find titles that are relevant to them and/or focused on specific SEL skills.
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