This social skills curriculum has been developed as a guide to assist educators in instructing young African-American males how to determine what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors are not acceptable in our society. It is also designed to assist individuals working with young African-American males. Parents and other family members will find these strategies useful for follow-up activities from the school.
Socialization skills that are assessed as necessary for young African- American males to function successfully in society are highlighted. In particular, the social skills outlined in the text stress strategies needed for: (1) respecting the rights and privacy of others; (2) learning how to handle anger; (3) learning how to act in public places; (4) showing good sportsmanship; (5) taking responsibility for one's own actions; (6) encouraging self-control; (7) selecting alternatives to using profanity; (8) learning when to apologize; (9) selecting alternatives to telling lies; and (10) dealing with individuals who hit or threaten others.
This book presumes that a basic understanding of instructional methods and procedures has been attained. Hence it does not address all of the dimensions of a functional curriculum; neither does it overview all of the possible instructional activities that can be employed in teaching social skills to young African-American males. Rather, the book provides a framework for innovative educators to extrapolate additional methods and procedures for teaching appropriate social and interpersonal skills to young African-American males.
Many of the materials contained in this book are a direct result of inservice presentations, consultancies with public schools, and