They're talking about it outside of your classroom, so take advantage! 13 Reasons Why has provided incredible conversation starters for some of the most difficult topics in our schools. This powerful reflective mini-unit will challenge your students to find answers to some of teenage life's most difficult questions.
By now, almost everyone has heard of the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. This series has shed light on many real issues in our schools, and especially bullying and suicide in particular. The rumors, lies, whispers, and hurt that Hannah Baker experiences in 13 Reasons Why are felt by many of our students every day. For this reason, this show presents a PERFECT opportunity to combat and work to prevent some of the most troubling behaviors and conflicts in our schools today.
In this 18-page mini-unit, students will explore Hannah Baker's life in relation to a particular set of challenges that she faces. These are challenges that anyone in their life might experience. The show has widely been criticized for glamorizing suicide, which Hannah chooses as a way out.
Students are invited to respond to and discuss difficult questions regarding bullying, suicide, alcohol abuse and sexual abuse. In each one-page reflective activity, students will read a short passage that will analyze each of Hannah's 13 reasons for her suicide, followed by open-ended questions that can be used for written responses or discussion. After the 13 Reasons Why Not, students will complete a 4-page written discussion activity that summarizes important themes and poses the most important questions of all.
What were Hannah's other options? It is time for your students to re-write Hannah's story as an empowered young person who overcomes adversity, rather than becoming a victim.
This is a great bell-ringer activity, and can be spread out over up to 15 days!! Purchasers can send me a message to request a FULLY EDITABLE version of this unit!!
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