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 discuss their responsibility to promote respect for diverse points of view.
One 45-Minute Session
The learner will:
Facilitator note: The title (Where the Hell Is Matt?) may be inappropriate for the students, but the message of the video is powerful and worth showing. Preview the video before deciding whether or not to show it.
Put the following quote on the board or on a poster: “We are good at picking out people who are different from us. Our instincts tell us they are a threat.” (Matt Harding) Discuss whether the group thinks that this is accurate. As part of the discussion, share that at one time, identifying people different from us was a survival instinct; however, nowadays we have to deliberately override this instinct in order to connect with people. Discuss the benefits and dangers of seeing differences as a threat. Ask, “How does the game we played in Lesson One support the idea that we are good at noticing differences?”
Ask students to think about ways they can promote the common good by connecting with others in creative ways. In the next lesson, they will brainstorm a service project, so this reflection will lead them in this direction.
Social Studies: View art online related to 9/11 (or another traumatic time or event studied in school) and discuss the emotions and messages communicated by the artists.
Note to educators: preview sites and images before showing students because some images may not be appropriate for classroom viewing. Discuss: Do some of the images show themes of coming together as a global community? Do some images show discrimination?
Look to current events to find examples of prejudice and discrimination in the world. How and where are people treating others unfairly because they don’t understand them fully?
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