Students view examples of media being used to promote responsibility and acceptance. They view YouTube videos that inspire them to make connections with people locally and globally. They learn about an artist who leaves free art in public spaces to raise optimism in tough times. They explore stereotypes and prejudices and create art to build connections with “neighbors.”
Three 45-Minute Sessions, Plus time to plan and carry out a service project
The learner will:
Each student creates a painting or other art form (song, dance, poem, sculpture) that reflects social responsibility in the world. Students should select an issue that they feel compelled to act on and to illustrate the action they will take to benefit society at large. The art may also be in the form of a photo essay, painting, presentation, play, song, rap, film, or other creative expression. Their artwork may inspire responses of Hope, Beauty, Compassion, Tolerance, Diversity, Tranquility, Unity, and/or Love from its viewers. Discuss what they will do with their art. They may create a display in a public area with explanations or auction it off as a fundraiser for a related charitable cause.
America has always been a nation characterized by ethnic and linguistic diversity, and that diversity increases every year. This country was established on the basis of religious freedom. Our First Amendment clearly established “Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition.” Other Amendments to the Constitution affirm the civil rights of all citizens. We are a representation of the world, and the basis of our country has been to affirm that diversity through these constitutional rights.
Our diversity is one of our nation’s greatest gifts and assets. However, due to the communities that we live in and the activities that we pursue on a daily basis, many of us are not aware of the incredible diversity that surrounds us. The purpose of this unit is meant to teach youth about the widespread diversity of our nation, its importance to our culture, and the ways in which we can encourage open-mined thinking when dealing with people of other nations, races, cultures, and beliefs.
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