Learning Activity: Reading and
Responding to Scenarios
Choose whether students will work together as partners or
together as class to read the following scenarios and the questions that
Anna and Olivia are eating lunch together. Anna asks, “Did
you watch The Lindsay Ruff Show
night?” Olivia says she missed it. “Oh, it was so great,” Anna gushes. “Her
hair was super straight and she put blue streaks in her bangs. I wish my hair
could do that.” Olivia thinks Anna’s curly hair is pretty but she agrees with
her friend and doesn’t say so.
Olivia says, “I wish I could dye my hair, too.
It would be easier to dye if it were blond.”
Be sure to make sure
students realize that in this scenario, Olivia contributed to Anna’s negative
thoughts about herself AND put herself down.
Discuss that people on television and in magazines have access to
professionals whose job is to make them look “cool and attractive.” You should never
compare yourself to anyone.
Mark and Diego want to play baseball after school.
They are deciding who to ask to play with
them. Diego says, “I think we should ask the new kid from the class next door.”
Mark disagrees. He says, “Justin? I saw him try to catch a ball in gym class.
He was terrible.
If you want to ask him, he’s on your team.”
Diego asks Justin to play with them. Justin admits that he is not a great
athlete, but he’ll try.
out during the game and misses a fly ball in the outfield. “I told you so,” Mark whispers to Diego.
After the game, Justin uses his math skills to tell everyone what their batting
percentages were. He thanks Diego and says, “I love baseball, but I never got
asked to play at my old school.” Mark is impressed with Justin’s math skills
and offers to help him with baseball in exchange for some math tutoring.
Make sure that the
students note that it is important to give people a chance. Justin can get
better at baseball with the help of his friends and practice. Mark will also
improve at math with Justin’s help. Helping your friends is an excellent way to
help them have positive self-esteem.