Notable Trade Book Lesson
The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak
Written by Tomek Bogacki
Mary E. Haas
West Virginia University
Early in his life, Janusz Korczak wanted to improve the lives and futures of children living in poverty. His world-renowned educational practices with orphans have been adopted as standards for educating youth for positive civic participation. Using a trade book about Korczak’s life begins a study of additional champions of youth. This notable trade book lesson provides opportunities to examine the positive ethical values and actions that improve the lives and futures of youth. Such a study has the potential to inspire youth to act for a better future, to investigate the many careers people have who work to improve the lives of youth, and to learn about inspiring people often neglected in the traditional curriculum. Educators, additionally, can learn about the history of progressive education through this lesson.