Teacher's Guide Table of Contents
About the authors of the Teacher's Guide:
Richard V. Sidy
Many thanks to the teachers at
Vital Living Educational Group,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
for their valuable input, suggestions for activities, and insights gained through their use of Rebellion with Purpose, serving young people
in their community.
Teacher's Guide to Accompany the Book
The highly relevant nature of the book's content, when presented in a supportive and practical way to young people, will create a dynamic learning environment which will help students make positive changes in their lives. The lessons in this guide have been used with great success and have resulted in bringing out positive peer leadership, and a greater degree of personal responsibility, integrity, and desire to help others.
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institution, school district or community. The teacher's guide may be
used itself by the teacher as a preparatory course for the teaching
of this book, and may serve as a curriculum for submission and approval
to schools and/or school districts.
Response to Conflict, Inc.
The Name Game: Challenge: Remember the name of each person in class and his or her symbol.
Procedure: Provide each student with an 8X11 sheet of construction paper or tag board and colored markers. Instruct students to fold paper vertically so that it is 11 inches in length to create a nameplate. Students then write their name large enough to be seen at a distance and create a symbol to represent themselves. Each student then explains name and symbol to class. Students now put away their name tags. After each student in class has done this, students who want to accept the name challenge step forward and see if they can recall each student's name and symbol.
Norming the Class:
Question to ask students: What kind of an environment do we need in this classroom for people to express themselves honestly and to give their point of view on controversial topics? (Teacher is encouraged to share from his or her personal experience during class discussions throughout the course to role model for students the levels of trust needed in class in order to have honest and sincere discussions.)
This will be an on-going class activity. Use the 12-piece puzzle template provided in the following manner: Each piece of this template corresponds to a section of the teacher's guide. Upon completion of a section, students record in a corresponding puzzle piece (utilizing a word, phrase, or symbol) the important leadership concept learned. (This should be filed in the "class activity" section of the leadership notebook.)
for the Day:
Film: Highly Recommended
October Sky 1999
overcomes seemingly impossible odds to fulfill his vision. His struggle
and determination are inspiring and dramatize the
key ideas of this course.
To determine student perceptions and affective responses to the goals of the book. The written answers to the questions in this section may serve as a pre-test. They should be filed away in students' portfolios. The same questions will be answered as a post-test at the end of the course, at which time students and teacher will compare both sets of responses.
Before the students see the book, the following questions will prepare them for the objectives of this course:
Prior to reading the text it is important to do an analysis of the front and back covers. This will begin discussion and create some common ground and initial definitions in anticipation of the study and work to be done. The covers not only reveal where the author is coming from, but also establish the initial contact with the reader.
Students write brief answers to the following questions in their notebooks:
What do you think is meant by each of the following terms?
What would constitute improvement of society?
Where/How does society need to be improved?
How can rebellion lead to improvement?
A dedication is a statement of honor and gratitude by the author. This particular dedication is also a dedication to the reader. The author not only wants to recognize those people past and present who are working to improve life, but is also expressing the ideal that the reader will become such a person.
Think, Ink, Pop-up
Throughout the course students will be asked to share their thoughts and feelings using this simple process. First, students think about their response to a question, selection read, posted quote, etc. Then, students write their response in their leadership notebook. Lastly, students volunteer to share responses with a partner, small group, or entire class.
Questions for discussion (first in small group and then with class as a whole):
Who are those who want to create a better future?
How does one create a better future?
Through analysis of the dedication Students should start to develop the awareness of a personal sense of responsibility in addition to a sense of gratitude for those who throughout ages have contributed to the well-being and improvement of life. They should further develop an awareness that many people in many cultures and times have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Activity I:Understanding Social Units: "Click" here for handout.
As a result of this activity students should understand that:
Activity II:With whole class brainstorm the words "Leadership" and "Types of Leaders" on the board in order to come up with a list of the characteristics of leaders.
Students copy list in their notebooks and circle the words that they feel apply to themselves.
Activity III: Jig-saw PuzzleA. Each student gets a blank puzzle piece that teacher has prepared in advance.
C. In small groups students share their piece. A technique for sharing is the "pop-up" where students volunteer to talk about their piece by standing up in their group. When everyone has popped-up, this part of activity is over.
To reinforce the concept of team, the teacher designs his/her puzzle piece and models sharing before dividing class into groups. The teacher is also a piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
D. Students tack their puzzle piece one by one to the wall until the entire puzzle has been completed. Leave puzzle up on wall all term.
E. The class jigsaw puzzle is an on-going metaphor throughout the term of study. There is also a blank puzzle sheet which students fill-in piece-by piece, expressing what they have learned after each section of study (see Teacher Tips). This ties course together as students' understanding broadens.
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