Khalil’s Way is an exciting book for students grades 4th-7th. Written by David Miller and illustrated by award winner artist Jerry Craft, the book is a popular read in school districts across the U.S.
Khalil’s Way was inspired by the thousands of children who shared traumatic stories about being bullied in classrooms, locker rooms, at bus stops, and countless other places. Khalil is an 11-year-old boy who lives in a tough neighborhood and is the victim of a school bully. Khalil is a math genius and amazing chess player but struggles to make friends. Khalil is a cool kid, but has a lot going on in his young life.
Khalil’s cautionary tale provides younger readers with a greater understanding of the impact bullying has on students and their families. According to stopbullying.gov a federal website clearinghouse for research and practices focused on bullying prevention: 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying; 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
Khalil shares his journey and provides students with creative ways to deal with school bullies.
Khalil’s story helps students recognize the importance of three key areas which promote social and emotional learning:
- Relationship Building – maintaining healthy relationships through cooperation, active listening, conflict resolution, and communication.
- Self-Management – regulating one’s feelings and emotions, controlling anger and handling stress.
- Responsible Decision Making – making safe and healthy choices which benefit student’s personal well-being.
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