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This activity helps students discover different ways people achieve success and gain respect. They identify people in the past or present who have had a positive impact on them and others.
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Commentary for Parents
Written by Marta M. Mobley~The New Media Foundation Co-Founder
As human beings, we often connect to characters in the media just as if they were close friends, or the mother, father, brother or sister we wish we had. It is not that we don’t connect, it is the level and depth we connect to another that inspires the influence. Although some people may feel a connection to fictional media characters, there is no reciprocity of emotion; our relationships with these fictional characters are only one-sided. That is why I believe it is even more important that these media role models exhibit positive and healthy actions and behaviours.
Grades 9 - 12
This lesson is one of three lessons across multiple grade levels that deal with role models. It helps teens define what makes someone a role model and to identify the characteristics of a positive role model. The lesson in grades 9 – 10 shifts to a focus on first generation students that have made it to college and can be role models. The final lesson in grades 11 – 12 encourages students to look for role models in their community, identifying people that can act as mentors as they make the transition to higher education.
The state of being a citizen of a particular society, political or national community. Citizenship carries both rights & responsibilities.
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