The Mutt-i-gree Curriculum Program
Grades 9-12 Kit
Themes & Core Concepts
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum for Grades 9-12 is organized around four units, each representing a theme and reflecting a key principle in social and emotional learning: Achieving Awareness, Finding Feelings, Encouraging Empathy, and Cultivating Cooperation/Dealing with Decisions. The units are intentionally sequenced, and each theme consists of core lessons from which teachers may select, beginning with basic concepts (such as identifying one’s own feelings) and progressing to more complex ones (such as taking another’s perspective). By design, concepts are reinforced across units and incorporate both repetition and expansion.
High school educators may be implementing the Curriculum for various reasons and may not necessarily implement it in its entirety. Even those who expect to select several lessons in one or more of the units would benefit from an understanding of each of the units.
The discussion and activities in each lesson can be implemented in one class period and should take approximately 45 minutes. The Quick Pick activity and discussion may be done in advisory periods or other time-limited periods and should take approximately 15 minutes. Discussions and core concepts can extend beyond the lessons and are easily integrated into other parts of the school day. Live animals are not necessary for successful implementation.
Dog Dialog feature lessons, which are designed to teach students about dog behavior so they can better interact with and care for dogs, provide opportunities for further discussion.