The Be Brave Like Meg Curriculum was the brainchild of Kim McLaughlin, a fifth grade teacher in Austin, TX. After reading about Megan’s battle with cancer on Facebook in 2017, Kim was inspired to create a writing/social skills curriculum for her class. She uses Megan’s story of courage and optimism to encourage her students. The curriculum revolves around free writing; the children write several essays about topics that are important to them.
Many write about challenges they have faced in their young lives; at home or in school, with friends or with family. They each must read at least one essay aloud in front of their class. The class encourages the reader to “be brave like Meg” as they read their sometimes-very-personal essays about divorce, death of a parent, bullying, death of a pet, serious family illness, learning disabilities, and more. The curriculum has promoted an empathic and supportive classroom environment as the students listen to others’ private feelings, challenges, fears, and worries.
Megan wanted to be a teacher, and the Be Brave Like Meg Program helps her do just that. For more information about the Be Brave Like Meg Program, including help with implementing it in your own school, please contact us with Be Brave Be Meg in the subject line.