What makes someone a humane hero?
Students begin with a pantomime activity, acting out and then discussing the differences/similarities between a superhero and an ordinary kid or person who helps others. Then they will learn the definitions of humane and compassion—to apply them to the concept of humane heroes. They will look at photos and hear stories of real kids who have made a difference for people, animals and the planet (humane heroes). Finally, they will draw a picture and write a first-person statement about how they themselves can be humane heroes.
Students will be able to…
Describe the qualities of a humane hero.
Define and understand the concepts of humane and compassion.
Consider qualities they possess that they can use to help people, animals and the planet.
Create a drawing and write a descriptive, first-person statement based on an inner reflection of their heroic capabilities.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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