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Surveyed 10,000 youth between 13 and 18 Over half reported to have suffered from a mental disorder 20 percent of those

affected daily by the disorders 10 percent ADD 11 percent mood disorder 8 percent anxiety disorder Mental Heal Disorders lead to substance use and abuse, as well as actions such as suicide and cutting

Whats known cant be unknown. As a writer and a human being, I cant turn my back on it. I have to keep myself in a position where I can scream and yell and be just obnoxious about getting something done. --Chris Crutcher

McCarty & Sligh From Character Building: Using Literature to Connect with Youth au. Kelley Regan and Patricia Page Independence Teaching and modeling selfI control and self-regulating ehaviors Deals with balance between independence and autonomy Mastery Children must feel competent in what they are asked to do in order to feel the motivation to achieve further

Generosity Incorporates the idea that children learn to give to others their gifts of time and stories Belonging A sense of community, where idividual actions and reactions are seen as parts of a whole. Not met when characters experience inadequacy, abandonment and rejection

McCarty & Sligh From Character Building: Using Literature to Connect with Youth au. Kelley Regan and Patricia Page Independence The Giver by Lowis Lowry I Scorpions By Walter Dean Myers Generosity Number the Stars Lois Lowry

Mastery Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Belonging The Lion, the Witch , and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Bridge to Teribithia by Katherine Patterson

By recognizing where poetry begins, with feelings and intuitions, we naturally recommit ourselves to a classroom whre generations generate themselves and where each feeling and what it forms, a poem or a problem, completes a wholeness, and a self that touches and shares itself. --Gary Margolis