ref: Complete Guide to Service Learning by Cathryn Berger Kaye, chapter 3
In the Complete Guide to Service Learning, the author recommends creating a Service Learning Bookshelf with books and stories that can teach and motivate young people to read and become inspired to action. Books can lead students to consider many questions:
- What do I have in common with these characters?
- How are the characters’ actions changing how the characters think about themselves?
- What actions are making a difference in the lives of others?
- Are any of the problems or conflicts in the story occurring in my life or the lives of people I know or see?
- What questions do I have after reading this book?
- What can we do to address problems in our community that are similar to the ones described in the book?
These questions can deepen a reader’s relationship with the text as well as to stimulate the reader’s thinking and concern for community needs and issues. Included in your bookshelf might be nonfiction, picture book, and fiction titles that:
- describe the service experiences of others
- introduce important social themes
- tell stories from history
- increase student interest in reading
- promote critical thinking and discussion
- prepare students to interact with diverse populations
- enhance the experiences students have in the community
- inspire students to serve
Learn more proven and practical ways to engage students in civic responsibility, learning, and social action in The Complete Guide to Service Learning by Cathryn Berger Kaye. You’ll find some wonderful ideas and a great reading list of books.