Lessons You Can Use!
This is a mini-unit to teach social justice to younger students. I show Zootopia, stopping to discuss the many social justice issues in the movie. This lesson contains a teacher's guide (so you'll know when to stop and why), a student viewing guide, and an "Easter Egg" viewing checklist for students to use as they follow along.
1) Distribute a "squiggle" to each student.
2) Distribute the same materials to each student (pencil and crayons, markers, etc). Everyone should have the same tools.
3) Let kiddos turn their squiggles into whatever they like. Give them a set amount of time. I give 30 minutes, but that is because I'm using the time to talk to students while they color to gather information. ("What's your favorite color?" or "What made you turn this into a cat? Do you have a cat?"
4) Ask everyone to line their drawings up. Have students discuss how the squiggles all started off the same, but they evolved into something personal and meaningful. Allow time to share.
This is a writing assignment that I use instead of a memoir with my 8th graders.
We complete the essay and presentation after we read Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl.
We will have discussed identity in our Rotating Chairs, which you can find here.