“Courage” Video, Success Highways Lesson 5, Part 1
What does it really mean to have courage and how does it help us to achieve our goals? Kick off Success Highways, Lesson 5, Part 1 discussions with this short video filled with thought-provoking quotes and engaging visuals.
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Ideas for using the video:
- Have students watch the video, then create their personal definitions in the activity journal.
- Have students watch the video, then write their personal definitions as a script for a video similiar to this one.
- Have students use a legitimate Internet resource to find a different quote they like that is related to this definition. Have students evaluate the quote/source using guidelines such as http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html.
- Have students pick the timestamp for part of the video they want to react to. Have students explain why that’s their favorite part or why they dislike it.
- Have students select a quote from those in the video and explain whether they agree or disagree with the statement, and why.
- Have students analyze the images used in the video; why might the video include these types of images? What visual themes are emerging? How do specific images relate to both the word being defined and similar themes?
- This video “went viral” on YouTube and Facebook. Why do you think so many people respond to this video?
- Who told Arthur he couldn’t succeed and how did this affect him?
- Why do you think Arthur decided to “get back up” when he fell?
- Why is it important to “never underestimate what you can accomplish by believing in yourself”?
- Whom does Arthur credit with helping him and why did this make a difference?
- How can someone else inspire you when you are struggling?
As an assignment, ask students to create a script (two pages) for a four-minute video that follows this YouTube video as a model; specifically, the script should be a monologue by a person telling a story about making a major change for the better in his or her life, perhaps related to an influential person or experience. Depending how deep you want students to go in this project, have them work on the visual aspects of their story in addition to the script. They can simply insert “storyboard” ideas as images/drawings into their scripts or can add visual concepts as notes/comments, or they can create a PPT to show how their script would progress
Four Brainless Self-Promotion Techniques to Avoid
The context of this brief article is the workplace, but the points are relevant to students and how they must begin to “brand” themselves and define their intentions as they pursue their goals. It’s an easy read with lots of jumping off points for discussion.
Curriculum Integration Ideas
The author tells readers to “develop a 30-second commercial about what you do well.” Put students into small groups. Have each group select one student in the group to focus on while creating a script for a self-promotion commercial. (If necessary, students can pick names, draw cards, etc., to select each group’s focus student, or you can identify the student when assigning groups.) Groups should work together to write a short script (a monologue) in the voice of the focus student, performing a commercial about what she or he does well. As time allows, have students read aloud or perform each group’s script for the whole class. Monologues should include at least three examples and follow the guidance from the article.
Still I Rise – Maya Angelou
From YouTube: “In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,’ from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.”
Curriculum Integration Ideas
Watch the two videos as a class. Share and talk about the poem text (from the third listed Web address above) with students. Ask students to complete an assignment for homework or to journal in-class, writing and researching in response to this prompt: If you were in a hostile place or frame of mind, what would you turn to for inspiration? Write your own piece and/or find a poem or quote that you can depend on for strength and courage if you ever feel hopeless or scared.
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