I first wrote about this poetry project for Scholastic nearly ten years ago, and in that time, it has become more important than ever to help children have positive self-images of their bodies and abilities. From roadside billboards to magazines at the grocery checkout, children are constantly exposed to digitally altered images of models and athletes. Research shows that these types of images can negatively influence a child's body image by age six, which I can readily believe because I have, at times, heard my 3rd graders discussing "wanting to lose weight."

The inspiration for this project came from Wendy Ewald’s book,  The Best Part of Me . For this book, she asked 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, “What is the best part of you?” She took photographs of the part each child chose with black and white film. Next, using methodology that later evolved into her Literacy Through Photography writing project, she had the students write descriptive poems about their favorite part.

This week I’ll share with you how I got my students to unabashedly choose a part of themselves they loved, then write an expressive poem about it.

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I first wrote about this poetry project for Scholastic nearly ten years ago, and in that time, it has become more important than ever to help children have positive self-images of their bodies and abilities. From roadside billboards to magazines at the grocery checkout, children are constantly exposed to digitally altered images of models and athletes. Research shows that these types of images can negatively influence a child's body image by age six, which I can readily believe because I have, at times, heard my 3rd graders discussing "wanting to lose weight."

The inspiration for this project came from Wendy Ewald’s book,  The Best Part of Me . For this book, she asked 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, “What is the best part of you?” She took photographs of the part each child chose with black and white film. Next, using methodology that later evolved into her Literacy Through Photography writing project, she had the students write descriptive poems about their favorite part.

This week I’ll share with you how I got my students to unabashedly choose a part of themselves they loved, then write an expressive poem about it.

I first wrote about this poetry project for Scholastic nearly ten years ago, and in that time, it has become more important than ever to help children have positive self-images of their bodies and abilities. From roadside billboards to magazines at the grocery checkout, children are constantly exposed to digitally altered images of models and athletes. Research shows that these types of images can negatively influence a child's body image by age six, which I can readily believe because I have, at times, heard my 3rd graders discussing "wanting to lose weight."

The inspiration for this project came from Wendy Ewald’s book,  The Best Part of Me . For this book, she asked 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, “What is the best part of you?” She took photographs of the part each child chose with black and white film. Next, using methodology that later evolved into her Literacy Through Photography writing project, she had the students write descriptive poems about their favorite part.

This week I’ll share with you how I got my students to unabashedly choose a part of themselves they loved, then write an expressive poem about it.

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After more than a decade as a public speaker, I’ve been asked hundreds of times for the best self help books that have made the biggest impact in my life. I’m excited to finally have this list available here for you on my blog.

After having read hundreds of books in my 18 years as an entrepreneur, I have to admit, it was tough narrowing the list of the best self help books of all time down to only 20. I feel self help encompasses spirituality, financial, physical, relationships and many, many more areas of our lives.  Needless to say, this best self help books list is by no means the end all, be all. There are no-doubt many others that will add tremendous value to your life.

For each of the best self help books on this list, I give my highest recommendation. With the new year upon us, I encourage you to jump out of your comfort zone and pick several of these to add to your library and read this year. I’ve linked each book title to Amazon so you can go straight to the page and buy it!

Notes: Discuss with children the importance of being unique and that each child is special in his/her own way. At an early age, children can build their confidence levels and feel good about themselves if they learn to appreciate their individuality.

I first wrote about this poetry project for Scholastic nearly ten years ago, and in that time, it has become more important than ever to help children have positive self-images of their bodies and abilities. From roadside billboards to magazines at the grocery checkout, children are constantly exposed to digitally altered images of models and athletes. Research shows that these types of images can negatively influence a child's body image by age six, which I can readily believe because I have, at times, heard my 3rd graders discussing "wanting to lose weight."

The inspiration for this project came from Wendy Ewald’s book,  The Best Part of Me . For this book, she asked 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, “What is the best part of you?” She took photographs of the part each child chose with black and white film. Next, using methodology that later evolved into her Literacy Through Photography writing project, she had the students write descriptive poems about their favorite part.

This week I’ll share with you how I got my students to unabashedly choose a part of themselves they loved, then write an expressive poem about it.

This is a moderated subreddit. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage in-depth discussion about all things related to books, authors, genres or publishing in a safe, supportive environment. If you're looking for help with a personal book recommendation, consult our Suggested Reading page or ask in: /r/suggestmeabook

Discussion is the goal
Do not post shallow content. All posts must be directly book related, informative, and discussion focused.

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Promotional posts, comments & flairs, media-only posts, personal recommendation requests incl. ‘Should I read …?’, ‘What’s that book?’ posts, sales links, piracy, plagiarism, low quality book lists, unmarked spoilers (instructions for spoiler tags are in the sidebar), sensationalist headlines, novelty accounts, low effort content. Please see extended rules for appropriate alternative subreddits, like /r/suggestmeabook , /r/whatsthatbook , etc. or use the Related Subreddits buttons in the sidebar.

After more than a decade as a public speaker, I’ve been asked hundreds of times for the best self help books that have made the biggest impact in my life. I’m excited to finally have this list available here for you on my blog.

After having read hundreds of books in my 18 years as an entrepreneur, I have to admit, it was tough narrowing the list of the best self help books of all time down to only 20. I feel self help encompasses spirituality, financial, physical, relationships and many, many more areas of our lives.  Needless to say, this best self help books list is by no means the end all, be all. There are no-doubt many others that will add tremendous value to your life.

For each of the best self help books on this list, I give my highest recommendation. With the new year upon us, I encourage you to jump out of your comfort zone and pick several of these to add to your library and read this year. I’ve linked each book title to Amazon so you can go straight to the page and buy it!


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