Before We Were Free is a Pura Belpré Award-winning novel by Julia Alvarez. It contains themes of courage and sacrifice as well as relatable teen topics of first love, friendship, and family. This post explores how these themes connect to the CASEL SEL competencies and can be adapted to use within each grade of the Emozi® Middle School Socratic Seminar activity.
For Students
Grades 6–8
Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills