1. Topic-
Social Awareness-Valuing self and others
PreK-12 STANDARD 11: Violence Prevention
11.16 Identify those character traits that are connected with peaceful living in society, such as respectfulness, tolerance, honesty, self-discipline, kindness, and empathy
11.18 Demonstrate skills for refusal, negotiation, and collaboration to avoid potentially harmful situations in personal, work, and community relationships
2. Content-
We will focus on the "Ripple Effect"of our words and actions on others around us. Activities will demonstrate how individuals have have opportunity to break the chain of events that might lead to negative outcomes for countless others . Key vocabulary: Ripple Effect, Sympathy, Empathy, Apathy, Discrimination, Prejudice
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will develop vocabulary
2.Students will consider the social ramifications of decisions made and actions taken.
3. Students will consider historical figures that have made an impact on social reform.
4. Students will personalize concept of the "Ripple Effect" and develop thought processes in order to question their own decision making.
4. Objectives-
1.Students will be assessed on their ability to utilize vocabulary in written form and asked to utilize new vocabulary during discussion of activity.
2. Through group activity students will accurately develop a "Ripple Effect" web chart on poster board.
3. Exhibit cooperation with others
4. Maintain focus on subject matter
5. Materials and Aids-
Dictionary, Internet video "AT&T- Ripple Effect", note cards with proposed scenarios, poster board, markers
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Students will be introduced to the concept of the "Ripple Effect" . Discussion of relevant vocabulary, students will then be asked to define relevant vocabulary terms individually and use in sentence of their own.

B. Development-

Students will then be asked to watch a short video on the Internet depicting the "Ripple Effect" of a split second decision.

C. Practice-

Finally students will be asked to work in groups to develop a "Ripple Effect" web chart on poster board, based on proposed scenarios that they will be provided with. Charts will be expected to depict an event and the subsequent effects of inaction vs. action. The groups will then be asked to share their chart in group discussion.

Checking for understanding-

1. The students will be assessed on their ability to utilize the vocabulary terms in their own words in written form.
2. The students will be asked to participate in group discussion focused on their group scenarios.


This lesson is designed to lead the students towards a written essay, researching an historical figure that affected social change by taking action.

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