This worksheet is intended to be used with Nick Vujicic's powerful TEDx Talk, "Overcoming Hopelessness." The video, worksheet, and follow-up class discussion (recommended) can be completed in one class period or the video and worksheet can be assigned as homework with a class discussion taking place the following day.
This talk and worksheet is appropriate for high school-level Social Studies, English, Health, and Life Skills classes.
Nick talks about the importance of parenting in early childhood and it's significance in overcoming hopelessness. Willpower is a driving force for making our big dreams come true, but if we don't get a miracle in life, we can always be a miracle to someone else.
Nick Vujicic was born in Australia to a Serbian immigrant family, with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Most of his childhood he struggled with depression, and after a suicide attempt he decided to concentrate on what he did have instead on what he didn't. He realized that his life story inspires many people.
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