The 3 Book Series

Express Yourself

Overview

Express Your Self explores how we express our unique sense of self to the world through personality, communication, decision making, sports, art, music, spirituality, work and even love. In the final chapter on decision-making, readers learn how every previous chapter in the Series contributes to the daily personal and profound choices we all make in life. By the end of the Series, readers have gained life knowledge, personal insight, confidence and the ability to know themselves. Of course, being a personal journey, the opportunities for growth and awareness are endless.

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Topics Covered

Personality & Expression

  • Shame
  • Fear & Guilt
  • Forgiveness
  • Personality development
  • Exercise
  • Music
  • Arts

Relationships & Communication

  • Defining love
  • Gossip
  • Trust
  • Crushes
  • Listening
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Helpful communication tips

Work & Decisions

  • Paid work
  • Volunteer choices
  • Work ethic
  • Consequences
  • Character development
  • Destructive decisions
  • Positive decision making
Part I - Introduction
  1. Where are you headed?
  2. Character summaries
  3. First quiz
Part II - Your Personality
  1. Test Drive
  2. What is personality? (And how does it develop?)
  3. Eliminate the negative (fear and shame and guilt, oh my)
  4. Focus on the positive (love, responsibility, and inner core work)
  5. Conclusion
  6. Your self summary
Part III - Your Communication
  1. Test Drive
  2. The importance of effective communication
  3. Your top tool for communication
  4. Solid steps for effective communication
  5. More tools for effective communication
  6. Rap sheets
  7. Conclusion
  8. Your car wash and personal detailing
  9. Your self summary
Part IV - Your love, your friendships and your relationships
  1. Your emotions (again?)
  2. What is love?
  3. Friendships and Relationships (a balancing act)
  4. Crushes (a.k.a. MTAF-Feelings)
  5. Conclusion
  6. Your car wash and personal detailing
  7. Your self summary
Part V - Your Work: paid and volunteer
  1. Test Drive
  2. Your paid work
  3. Your Volunteer Work
  4. Personal on-the-job (must-have) qualities
  5. Conclusion
  6. Your car wash and personal detailing
  7. Your self summary
Part VI - Your Other outlets of expressions
  1. Test Drive
  2. Music
  3. Art
  4. Exercise
  5. Your other outlets of expression
  6. Your self summary
Part VII - Your Decisions
  1. Test Drive
  2. How to make a decision that reflects who you are
  3. What are consequences? Weighing risks with rewards (your brain, your emotions, and your psyche)
  4. Character development (your morals, media and social world)
  5. Spreading your wings (how family and CuRES shape your decisions)
  6. The forgiveness factor (weaving it into personality, communication and love)
  7. Daring, destructive, dangerous or dubious outlets (bad decisions and their impact on you)
  8. Powerful, positive, or potent outlets (good decisions and their impact on you)
  9. Conclusion
  10. Your self summary
Part VIII - End of the line
  1. First Quiz
  2. Summarize your summaries
  3. Skills
  4. Roles and goals
  5. Personal statement about your self
  6. Conclusion

Discover Yourself

Overview

Discover Your Self covers how various internal influences such as the brain, emotions, mind/body, psyche, and morals interact to form one’s sense of self. After an introduction to the series, the four main characters are introduced. Steve, Nicki, Harrison and Taylor further help teens learn more about who they are by providing a vicarious learning opportunity. (Some information is easier to comprehend and relate to when it is happening to someone else!) After learning about the various internal influences of a teen’s life, teens move on to the external influences in Book Two.

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Topics Covered

Brain & Body

  • Brain development
  • Habit formation
  • Reactions vs. responses
  • Gender body differences
  • Puberty Changes
  • Body acceptance
  • Body Signals

Emotions & Psyche

  • Emotional awareness
  • Emotional management
  • Expressing Emotions
  • Linking emotions and thoughts
  • Thinking errors
  • Self-esteem
  • Compentence

Morals & Mind/Body

  • Developing morals
  • Principles and character
  • Codes of conduct
  • “The Right Thing”
  • Stress
  • Nurtrition
  • Exercise
Part I Introduction
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Part II Your Brain
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Part III Your Emotions
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Part IV Your Psyche
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Part V Your Morals
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Part VI Your Body
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Part VII Your Mind/Body Connection
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Part VIII End of the line
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Manage Yourself

Overview

Manage Your Self examines the external influences on a teen’s life. Social world, school, family, media, culture and past experiences are all discussed in detail. Teens are invited to explore how they are impacted by these various elements and how they can best manage those influences to remain true to themselves. Filled with self-reflective questions throughout the series, the books help readers continue to think and write about all of the influences in their lives that have contributed to who they are. Having learned what contributes to their sense of self, readers move on to learn how to express that self in Book Three.

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Topics Covered

Classroom Technique

  • Program length
  • Setting up the classroom
  • Setting the tone
  • First-Fourth Class
  • Teacher review
  • Assessment
  • Troubleshooting

Theory

  • YSS Goals
  • Building the self puzzle
  • Defining self education
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Sel

Appendices & Tools

  • The Website
  • Assignment Charts
  • Chapter by Chapter Log
Part I Introduction
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Part II Your Brain
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Part III Your Emotions
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Part IV Your Psyche
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Part V Your Morals
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Part VI Your Body
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Part VII Your Mind/Body Connection
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Part VIII End of the line
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