Explore the concept of positive vs. negative reinforcement through the exploration of popular fairy tales, 'Strewwelpeter' and Santa.
1) Discuss how the original purpose of fairy tales was to teach morality. Compare the versions of popular stories that the students know to their dark origins.
2) Read 2 classic tales from Heinrich Hoffman's 'Strewwelpeter'
3) Write a persuasive paragraph about what each student thinks works better on teenagers, positive or negative reinforcement. (Rubric included).
1) Talk about western culture's most effective method of child manipulation: Santa Claus.
2) Learn about the history of Santa and his connection to Norse mythology.
3) Explore other versions of Santa from other countries and religions.
4) Use the instructions to build your own myth of manipulation using positive or negative reinforcement for some type of behavior.
5) Write a short story or poem! (Rubric included).
- For students that do not celebrate Christmas, this is a lesson about evolution. The assignment is very easy to do without making it festive.
- Some content included in the fairy tale section may be a little graphic for much younger students. Using this lesson with 8s and 9s may require an edit or two.