The Life Heroic
How To Unleash Your Most Amazing Self
Heroes are superhuman. Or at least it’s easy to assume that when you read ripped-from-the-news stories of derring-do. But in reality, almost anyone who’s motivated can be a hero, and the heroes who make the biggest impact aren’t always the ones who make headlines. This approachable, research-backed guide will equip kids with the tools they need to become everyday heroes. Along the way, you’ll hear from real heroes living out the truth of psychologist Phil Zimbardo’s words: “Most heroes are ordinary. It’s the act of heroism that’s extraordinary.”
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Zest Books ™|
|Number of Pages||144|
Author: Elizabeth Svoboda
Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Psychology Today, and O: the Oprah Magazine. She lives in San Jose with her husband and young son.
Illustrator: Chris Hajny
Chris Hajny is a product designer, photographer, illustrator, and creative collaborator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!
The Life Heroic
Heroes are superhuman. Or at least it’s easy to assume that when you read ripped-from-the-news stories of derring-do. But in reality, almost anyone who’s motivated can be a hero, and the heroes who make the biggest impact aren’t always the ones who make headlines. This… View available downloads →
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“A unique look at how to motivate middle grade students to become aware of what they can do to help their community and the world around them. Recommended for libraries with strong middle grade patronage and outreach.”—School Library Journal
“[A] strategic, confidence-building read is just enough to energize a young person who still feels hope to change the world one day at a time.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The Life Heroic is a step-by-step guide to helping you develop into your most courageous self. What are you waiting for? Become an everyday hero!”—Michelle Werning, Heroism Educator
“Everyone should read and begin to emulate some of the truths in Elizabeth Svoboda’s masterpiece.”—Philip G. Zimbardo, Psychologist and Founder of The Heroic Imagination Project
“Elizabeth Svoboda’s The Life Heroic is the most masterful treatment of heroism available today. This book is a must-read for both children and adults—it is a true tour-de-force.”—Scott T. Allison, Psychologist and Author of Heroic Leadership