Monday, 15 April 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

Year 8 and Year 9 have started on a Unit that asks do you 'Dare to be Yourself?'. This unit asks us to think about the need for social consciousness in the world as we embark on an exploration of what literature can teach us about ourselves and how we respond to others. Ultimately, it asks us to think deeply about the overarching questions:
Do you dare to be yourself?

Do you dare to let others be themselves?

Through reading, writing, thinking and speaking, this unit will explore the themes of conformity, individuality, tolerance and prejudice and has been designed to allow learners to gain confidence in their individuality and to find the strength to really be themselves as well as grow in their reading, writing, researching and comprehension skills. 

We will be reading the novel 'Stargirl', which encompasses many themes relevant to this time of learners' lives; the novel will allow them to make connections and gain strength in skills necessary for secondary school and beyond. Through analysis of a novel and by seeing the world through the characters' perspectives, it is hoped that these important issues will impact on their life and how they behave within it.

As part of their work, learners have been challenged to commit 'Random Acts of Kindness' - to just be kind to someone for the sake of being kind and to take no credit for it. Each week learners will write about their experiences - click on the links to individual blog posts on the right to see how the project is going. Click HERE to read more about this unit.

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