Santa Clara University



These lesson plans are available by subscription, but you can view sample lesson plans free of charge.  If your county office of education/ school district is a subscriber, you will receive your user name and password through your CBL Administrator. If you are interested in a subscription, please contact Kim McCauley at

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  • CBL BookCharacter Based Literacy

    The Character Based Literacy Program is a character education project, and it is a literacy project which promotes school practices by which school pupils become good people, good citizens. CBL utilizes the English language arts curriculum because literacy is fundamental to success in school and in life, for all students. It is also a natural place to pursue questions of value and character as they occur in literature and writing. This pursuit continues in the history-social science and science curriculum areas. (Subscription only)

  • 6LRECBL Leadership

    CBL Leadership is organized around the content and themes of the World History and United States History courses. Lesson plans integrate language arts with the history curriculum, using six character-based themes to teach students the habits of ethical analysis and action. This program is mapped to the Common Core State Standards in ELA/History/Social Studies. (Subscription only)


  • Independent StudyIndependent Study

    Independent Study provides weekly lesson plans for independent study, rural, small school, and home schooling settings. The lesson plans are based on the Character Based Literacy Program. (Subscription only)