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Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers

Authors: Pamela Crooke, PhD, Michelle Garcia Winner

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  • Age(s): Ages 11-13, Ages 14-18, Young Adult
  • Pages: 82
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780982523155

Description

Utilizing the anime illustrations to capture the attention of teens and tweens, we have developed this book to teach the core concepts related to Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Behavior Mapping (SBM). SBM’s teach how our own behaviors, expected and unexpected, impact how others feel about us, ultimately treat us which then affects how we feel about ourselves.


The core of the book consists of 10 social scenarios, each one scenario is played out through the lens of Social Fortune or Social Fate by demonstrating visually how a situation can change quickly based on how someone reacts within it. Every scenario begins with a mini-story told through a four pictured comic strip which then leads the protagonist to a decision making point. If the decision made leads to others feeling good and ultimately the character feeling good about him or herself, this will be represented as “social fortune.”  However, if the protagonist makes a decision that traps him/her and peers/adults in an uncomfortable or frustrating situation, this leads to “social fate.” The social fortune and social fate decisions are depicted through unique four-pictured comic strips.


Key concepts are explained in the teen friendly opening pages of each side of this book, to guide them to the teaching principals encouraged through the social fortune or fate behavior mapping.  Once a student reviews the comic strip scenarios, they will also find Information which teaches about the scenario on the corresponding page. Strategy codes such as TAC (i.e. think about choices) or MARP (i.e. minimize a reaction to a problem) are taught to facilitate the decision making which lands the characters on the road to Social Fortune.  Social autopsies are used to guide readers through a better understanding of the Social Fate scenarios.


Readers are also encouraged to explore their own emotional reactions to problems they consider more intense. It is expected that the older student demonstrate increasing emotional maturity by minimizing their emotional expression of perceived problems; an illustrated Problem Solving Thermometer helps to demonstrate this concept.


Unique Layout and Format Encourages Interaction, Reinforcement

In short, when you will receive this book, you will think ½ the text is printed upside down, but it is not! This book has two covers; one appears to be right side up, and the other appears to be upside down. The first cover depicts the Social Fortune side of the book; when the reader reads through the social fortune pages, they will find the first half of the book contains all information about pro-social choices to given social scenarios. If holding the book with the Social Fortune cover facing the reader; the reader will find when they turn the book over the back side of the cover appears up-side down. This is the Social Fate side, once rotated to appear right-side-up, the reader will see the text flows in the appropriate direction. Sounds confusing? This is a cool teaching method for teens; it is a playful way to point out two different points of view.  We also have a hidden code hidden in the book; Embedded in each scenario is a hidden letter from the alphabet, which when located in the text and written into the code helps to identify the “words of wisdom.”


Ten Social Scenarios from Authors' Clinical Experiences

  1. Been there, know that: participating in the class discussion
  2. Speaking nothing but the truth: someone you like does something different with their appearance
  3. Bored outta my brain: being part of the learning group during the boring moment
  4. It’s doomsday: time to finish homework
  5. Clue me in! - figuring out what to say to others
  6. Huh? –getting help in the classroom
  7. You talkin’ to me? – classroom lesson when you know the answer
  8. My way or the highway: working in a small group
  9. Who changed the rules? – breaktime
  10. Know when to take a detour: sharing ideas/opinions

Related Books

The focus of Social Fortune or Social Fate is to teach individuals about the social emotional responsibility we all have to those around us as we share space or interact with them. This responsibility requires individuals to have a “social sense” and the social thinking and social emotional processing abilities to carry out that responsibility. Some of our teens may be academically smart, have excellent vocabularies, but yet struggle with making sense of the social world. We can’t expect them to understand how to be socially responsible without the foundation social know-how that at the root of it all.


This awareness develops over time and through targeted teaching of many social concepts. It’s not an instant “a-ha!” revelation nor a single skill that results in students being socially responsible. Rather it’s a complex synergistic social sense that we break down and teach to individuals in a more linear manner. 


One of our recent books presents that information in a friendly, inviting, and motivating way and helps prime students with the knowledge they need to become more socially responsible. Social Thinking and Me (Winner and Murphy, 2016) is written for students in grades 4–7, an excellent precursor to Social Fortune or Social Fate. It teaches core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts that can expand their social awareness and also offers an array of tools and strategies to help them engage in social emotional learning in treatment groups, inclusion based classrooms and/or at home. The two-book set breaks down intangible social concepts into concrete terms to help our students become stronger social observers, to study the perspectives of others, learn the ins and outs of group dynamics, and become aware of their own, as well as others’ thoughts, feelings, intentions, and social behaviors. Social Fortune or Fate dovetails well with our book, Social Behavior Mapping also, where we help students more fully understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and reactions. 

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