Building Character Through Literature

Inspiring Students Through Quality Literature

Literature is a wonderful tool to inspire children toward virtue.  Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.”

Using inspiring biographies and engaging chapter books from the Beyond Five in a Row curriculum for ages 9-12, Books that Build will not only guide your child towards proficiency in grade-level literature standards, but will also encourage his or her character development.

Examples of activities your child will participate in:

Literature- become a character from a book and describe yourself using textual evidence, create a Venn Diagram to analyze similarities and differences between characters in a story, watch a live production of a chapter in Homer Price, discussing similarities and differences between it and the book with the class.

Character- practice your listening skills by engaging in a trust walk with your classmates, exercise your creativity by coming up with a solution for a common problem of your choice, brainstorm ways to go the extra mile for someone and do it, reporting back to class the results.

Through engaging, fun activities and critical thinking exercises like those listed above, Books that Build will cover the following literature and character objectives:

– increase reading comprehension and vocabulary
– draw inferences from the text using textual evidence
– determine themes and central ideas of a story
– describe characters in a story using their thoughts, words, and actions
– compare and contrast characters in a story
– consider how characters change as a plot unfolds
– analyze how characters’ actions impact the plot
– compare and contrast a written story to a live production

– courage
– listening and obedience
– generosity
– industriousness and creativity
– flexibility
– helpfulness and going the extra mile
– organization and making the most of your day
– making friends
– kindness and hospitality
– and more!

Books We Will Read (provided by supply fee):

  • Boxcar Children (Book 1) by Gertrude Warner
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  • Thomas Edison (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Sue Guthridge
  • Betsy Ross (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Ann Weil

Homework Requirements: Students will be expected to read the assigned chapter(s) and complete a weekly assignment. *If your child will also be attending my Beyond Five in a Row class offered at 10:45 am on Tuesday, the reading each week will be the same for both classes.


Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $75 (all books will be provided)
Tutor: Kelli Brazier

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom,  I will make the following adjustments to this class. Teacher and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves