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Arthur’s Eyes


Marc Brown


Arthur can’t see, so he has to get glasses, but he gets teased. So he quits wearing the glasses, which makes his problems even worse. Finally, Arthur’s teacher shows him how to be proud of his glasses. Discussion following this book will help students understand the importance of respecting individual differences.

Character Education Focus:

  • Accepting and respecting individual differences.

Reading Objective:


  • Describe the events in the story that led to Arthur not wearing his glasses.*
  • Retell details of the story where Arthur becomes proud of his glasses.
  • Discuss the importance of respecting individual differences.

*For fun, read the book wearing BIG clown glasses or have a student wear them while reading the story.
*Click here for a pair of glasses pattern. All students may wear their glasses during the story to feel what Arthur is feeling.


Writing Objective:
The learners will chart similarities and differences between the outside and inside of their body’s to point out how we need to respect individual differences.


  • Make a T-chart
  • Brainstorm words that describe how we look on the outside (red hair, glasses, short, tall, etc.).
  • Next, brainstorm words that describe how we look on the inside (heart, blood, stomach, teeth).
  • The goal for this activity is for children to notice that we are all the same on the inside, but may have different outsides.

ASCA:PS:A2.3 Recognize, accept, respect, and appreciate individual differences.

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