This study focuses on the life lessons in Don Quijote de la Mancha, written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605 (First Part) and 1615 (Second Part). Literary classics can be applicable in current situations to teach valuable life lessons to people in any culture, society, and at any age. The goal was to first analyze and later modify certain episodes in the novel to teach several important, age-appropriate values to children: friendship, acceptance, gender equality, and knowing oneself. Short fables were written about each value using characters and episodes from the novel. During February, using the fables as a central activity, each value was taught to a group five second-grade students. Student oral and written responses were assessed to determine the effectiveness of teaching each lesson to children, based on qualitative responses that indicated their level of comprehension.


Gabriele, John




Educational Methods | Elementary Education and Teaching | Spanish Literature

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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