Saints and Heroes

A Second-Grade Language Arts Block

Donna Simmons

Spiral Bound


I am as excited as you are to see this long-awaited main lesson guide in print. Not only does it cover one of my very favorite subjects (who doesn’t love stories about saints and heroes?), but Donna Simmons brings us wonderful tales from around the world alongside beloved Western favorites. Additionally, each beautifully told story concludes with suggested activities to accompany it – I found the activities so interesting that I found myself wanting to do them straight off. The lessons that can evolve from this book will be warm and rich — and remembered long after 2nd grade is over.

It seems simplest just to tell you what you’ll find inside:

  • An Introduction about Main Lessons
  • An essay, “What to Expect of a Second Grader”
  • How to Proceed: The Basics of Main Lesson Block
  • Other Points
  • Materials Needed

The stories are about:

  • Genevieve of Paris
  • Kun and Yu
  • Rabia of Basra
  • Nandanar and Lord Shiva
  • Fin MacCool, Hero of Ireland
  • Judah Maccabee and the Temple Miracle
  • Elizabeth of the Roses
  • Hiawatha, Bringer of Peace
  • Martin, Servant of the Christ
  • Francis and Clare
  • Basil the Holy Fool
  • The Baal Shem Tov

And, there’s more:

  • Sample Main Lesson Pages
  • Other 2nd Grade Language Arts Blocks
  • More Ideas for Saints and Heroes

I have to confess that Saints and Heroes makes me want to adopt a second grader just so I can teach this block!

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