The Art of Loving Well

A Character Education Curriculum for Today’s Teenagers

Table of Contents

Section One: Early Loves and Losses

“A Little Briar Rose” by the Brothers Grimm
“A&P” by John Updike
“President Cleveland, Where are You?” by Rovert Cormier
“If Only” anonymous author
“Ancestor” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
“The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson” by Leo Tolstoy
“A Distant Bell” by Elizabeth Enright
“Welcome” by Ouida Sebestyen
“Fifteen” by Bob Greene
“Boy Meets Girl” by Peter Stone and Carl Reiner
Student Poetry
“Being Male”
“Do You Think”

Section Two: Romance

“Cinderella” by Charles Perrault
“Cinderella” by the Brothers Grimm
“The City of Trembling Leaves” by Walter van Tilburn Clark
“Sixteen” by Maureen Daly
“What Means Switch” by Gish Gen
“The Makeover of Meredith Kaplan” by Barbara Girion
“Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare
“Love Poem” by John Frederick Nims
“Too Early Spring” by Stephen Vincent Benet
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (excerpt) by Carson McCullers
“Up on Fong Mountain” by Norma Fox Mazer
“Houseparty” by Walter Bernstein
“The Elephant is Slow to Mate” by D.H. Lawrence
“Ben’s Story” anonymous author
“Judy’s Story” anonymous author

Section Three: Commitment and Marriage

“Beauty and the Beast” by Madame Leprince de Beaumont
“Appointment with Love” anonymous author
“Ozzie and Harriet” by Irene Wanner
“Beyond What” by Alice Walker
“The Birthday Party” by Katherine Brush
“Funeral Plans” by J. California Cooper
“Alone” by Maya Angelou
“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” by William Shakespeare
“Experiences in a Concentration Camp” by Victor Frankl
“Cupid and Psyche” by Apuleius
Order for the Marriage Service
Ceremony of Marriage
“I Love You” by Elmo Robinson