The Dragon King
Values Education
SEL Curriculum 
Inspiration born from adversity...

In a culture that increasingly promotes gratuitous violence, selfishness, and over indulgence, children--now more than ever--need opportunities to learn how to live with integrity, courage and compassion so that they understand their value as contributing members of society. 

The Dragon King Values Education Curriculum, for 4th-5th grade students, stemmed from an initial desire to aid a boy named Ethan in his fight for life.  

       What Ethan needed, and what every child needs is a story--

that inspires from within the aptitude necessary to transform challenges into triumphs and encourage a sense of gratitude, humility and self-worth.  When we nurture in our children an innate sense of wellbeing and an internal moral compass, we, in a sense, enable them to become their own heroes. 

What teachers are saying...
Three Pillars
Thirteen Traits

Faith as demonstrated by the characteristics of:

  • Optimism

  • Adaptability

  • Loyalty

  • Cooperation/Citizenship

Courage displayed through the values of:

  • Integrity

  • Courage

  • Initiative

  • Perseverance

Wisdom exemplified in the principles of:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Compassion

  • Forgiveness

  • Contemplation

In the story, Sarah, Ethan's mother, asks her son, "What makes a just and honorable person?"

Faith... in oneself and what one believes,

      Courage... to meet life's challenges, and

             Wisdom... to see the world with             

                             understanding and appreciation. 


These three values become the pillars of Ethan's insight.  And from these pillars, thirteen character traits are explored.

Five Books
  • Student Workbook

  • Teacher Manual

  • Illustrated Children's Book

  • Audio Book

  • Spanish Translation

  • Student Workbook
  • Teacher Manual
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The Teacher Manual   consists of thirteen


each with the following sections:

  • Definition with Synonyms/Antonyms

  • Story Illustration

  • Discussion

  • Activities

  • Art Connection

  • Quotes and Resources       


The teaching methodology of  "head, heart, hands" is implemented through the lesson plans. Each character trait may be taught within a five to ten day period.  Also in the manual are"Dragon Quest" games to supplement the lesson plans.    

In the Student Workbook, thirteen lesson plans are divided under the Three Pillars.  Each lesson contains:


  • Definition with Synonyms and  Antonyms

  • Quotes

  • Story Connection

  • What Do You Think?


Found within a lesson are discussion questions, amusing activities that explore the thirteen character traits, plus intriguing facts about castles, dragons, other mythical creatures from around the globe, and interesting tidbits about the medieval world. Also included are puzzles, riddles, and black and white coloring book images.

This SEL curriculum aligns with ELA Georgia Standards of Excellence.

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  • Illustrated Children's Book
  • Audio Book
  • Spanish Translation

The Dragon King  illustrated children's book contains the story followed by an interactive section entitled "Can You Discover?" where readers are encouraged to draw, spy out hidden elements in the illustrations and learn some interesting facts about constellations and medieval heraldry.  Song lyrics are listed in its back pages.  Lexile measurement is 860.

The Dragon King illustrated children's book is also available in Spanish and as a ESL reading resource.

The audio book accompanies the illustrated book.  The recording is complete with narration, characters’ voices, sound effects, and six fully orchestrated musical theatre style songs.  Duration is 68 minutes. 

Courageous Communication

The entire school body benefits from your students' exploration of the curriculum via school assembly performances, displays of student art, as well as school and community volunteering.  Exercises, such as recitations, "Courageous Communication" (nonviolent communication) and the "Loving Kindness Meditation" are useful practices throughout the school year.