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Heroes and Enemies

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 30, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/resource/heroes-and-enemies/

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We’re often told to look for heroes we can turn to for inspiration. How often do we seek out what we can learn from people we dislike, or those who’ve done evil? This activity explores what we can learn from both our heroes and enemies (what to do and what NOT to do).

This activity could be repeatedly used with a variety of audiences and could feature all sorts of people — from public figures, to people in the news throughout the year, to people we know in our own lives (both those we like and those we don’t), and people whose values and beliefs we may disagree with (such as factory farmers or oil executives or owners of sweatshops, or climate change deniers). The takeaway is that everyone has something to teach us.
Recommended for grades 3 and up.
Time: 30-45 minutes

 

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