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Current Course Text for English II and IV: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective TEENS
TimeAug. 25, 2012
Good writers are good readers who read a variety of text. As we embark on our literary journey this year, I have decided to start with the reading and analysis of a non-fiction text, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective TEENS. Some of you may be familiar with the best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which has remained popular for decades. Well, our current course text is written by Sean Covey for the next generation of effective people.
As we proactively begin this school year with the end in mind, we will examine our goals and responsibilites, prioritize tasks, and synergize, working together to achieve more. I expect every member of each class to actively participate in class activities and discussions, giving their input and suggestions. All students are also expected to complete assignments on time, of course!
If students can check out a copy of the book from the public library or purchase one for their personal use, it will help the lessons go more smoothly and enable them to work more with the text at home. I will have a class set of the book for daily use in the classroom, but I will only allow students to check out the books over the weekends in September. Books can be checked out at 3 p.m. each Friday and must be returned to the classroom before the start of 1st period on the day the student returns to PACE.
Books may also be used in the Academic Strategies classroom and immediately after school up until 4 p.m. on weekdays. *Please see me, if a book is needed to complete an assignment. Be proactive. Do not wait until the last minute. Prioritize! Prioritize! Prioritize!
Based on his father's bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Sean Covey applies the same principles to teens, using a vivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun, Covey writes, he "stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world... along with a few other surprises." Did he ever! Flip open to any page and become instantly absorbed in real-life stories of teens who have overcome obstacles to succeed, and step-by-step guides to shifting paradigms, building equity in "relationship bank accounts," creating action plans, and much more.
As a self-acknowledged guinea pig for many of his dad's theories, Sean Covey is a living example of someone who has taken each of the seven habits to heart: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. He includes a comical section titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens," which includes some, shall we say, counterproductive practices: put first things last; don't cooperate; seek first to talk, then pretend to listen; wear yourself out... Covey's humorous and up-front style is just light enough to be acceptable to wary teenagers, and down-and-dirty enough to really make a difference. (Ages 13 and older) --Review by Emilie Coulter