This lesson is a multi-day curriculum that gives students tools to help them think about who they have already become as people and who they want to be. Some of the steps are ones students have made and are making, while others are in their future, and at least one is a level few of us ever achieve but many attempt. This is the SECOND lesson in a unit called “Search for Self”; however, it also can be a self-contained lesson. This lesson is appropriate for any time of the school year, but makes a particularly good start as it helps to establish a quality of critical thinking.
The steps include Loss of Innocence, Rites of Passage, Coming of Age, Search for Cultural Self-Definition, Development of the Personal Identity, and Discovery of the Individual Voice.
Philosophers, leaders, thinkers, and writers covered include: Plato "Allegory of the Cave," Lao Tzu "From the Tao Te Ching," Machiavelli "From The Prince," Thoreau "From Civil Disobedience," Truth "Ain't I a Woman," Stanton "Declaration of Sentiments," Gandhi "The Principles and Practices of Mahatma Gandhi," Dr. Martin Luther King, "From Letter from Birmingham Jail."
33 Student Resources include color-coded worksheets, readings, writing, research, essay, exams, exit slip, and vocabulary among other items
14 Teacher Resources include color-coded extending the discussion prompts, common core standards, materials list, audience suggestions, timeline, answer keys, explanations of each step, glossaries, photo, word cloud, and homework suggestions among other items.
This unit will take three weeks to complete depending on the class length at your school.