BAND OF BROTHERS
Students discuss their own experiences of helping others, then view and discuss a brief video about Japanese children who are working together to help their community in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.
By Marieke van Woerkom
- come up with a definition of community and discuss the different the communities they are a part of
- talk about a time they have helped someone in their community and why
- watch a video clip of a group of young boys helping their community in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami
- discuss what it feels like to help people and how it feels to receive help
- discuss a time the students worked together to achieve a goal
- come up with ideas of how to help people in Japan
- explore feelings that come up when we help people and feelings that come up when we are being helped
- step into the shoes of Japanese people and think about how they might feel at this time
- work together to help other people in their time of need
- Today's agenda on chart paper or on the board
- Clip "Band of Brothers" (2 minutes) from the Al Jazeera English website at: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/03/2011320245206895...
Introduction and Background
Microlabs: Band of Brothers
- Their thoughts and feelings about the clip
- How do students think the boys feel about the work they are doing?
- How they think the older people in the village might feel about what the boys are doing?
- The clip starts with the words "from the darkness into the light" as the boys emerge from a long dark tunnel into the light of day. Do they see the symbolism of these words? What do they symbolize?
- How do students think this sentence relates to what is happening in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami?
The boys are collecting supplies for the people from the community. In the clip the reporter says "not for themselves but for the hundreds of other survivors." Do you think the boys may be getting something out of their effort as well? What?
Microlabs: Working Together
- What was that like?
- What were some of the things students needed to do to work well as a group?
- What was the goal?
- What do you think their need is right now?
- What might be a goal they have?
This lesson was written for TeachableMoment by Marieke van Woerkom, a trainer and global facilitator who works as a staff developer for Morningside Center. See her website at: http://vanwoerkomprojects.com.
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