This booklet is a story filled with dilemmas for your students to think about. The story varies, dependent on the choices they make.
Through working with the material your students will be training important skills.
Communicative skills such as debating/discussing their choices one on one and in class discussions.
Reflection and empathy in trying to figure out their own opinion, while also trying to understand other points of view.
Using the material
- Let your students discover the story on their own the first time. Tell them to take notes of their choices.
- Then let them do it again; this time in pairs or groups. Make the pairs/groups so that different approaches are represented, when they discuss the dilemmas.
- Then have a class discussion. If there are options, that no one chose, then ask the students if they can find arguments for that specific choice.
The front page is black and white and without pictures. This makes it cheap and easy to duplicate for the whole class. Just duplicate it, flip the front page, fold it in the middle and staple it together.
Every second page will be empty, because the backside of the paper will not get printed. I find this very useful for the students. Beside every page with decisions they have to make, there is this blanc page to write notes on. Tell them before they begin to use that page, so they do not forget why they chose as they did.
There is some space on the front page. This is for students who finish the story before the rest of the class. They can draw their own front page inspired by the story they chose, while the rest of the class finish reading.
The Song Contest booklet
This free sample is the first booklet I made. The second booklet "The Song Contest" is made as a supplement to working with ethics as a theme in Religion, Philosophy or other subjects. You may use that book in the same way as the first one, but for more advanced use I recommend that you teach your students about Nietzsche, Utilitarianism and maybe the ethics in Christianity first. Your students will then be able to recognize the three concepts in the choices they have to make. Inspire your students to use the arguments from the philosophies.
I have also learned after working with the first booklet, that better discussions are created, when the booklet allows students to "win", even though they made a selfish choice. So I that is also an improvement I made, when I wrote The Song Contest.
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