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POPULAR CULTURE AND CIVIC IMAGINATION TOOLKIT


Let's Make It Fair

NUTS AND BOLTS

Brief Description: In this activity participants work through a story based conflict to identify outcomes that could be more fair to everyone involved.

Recommended Age Range: 5+

 

Participants: 2-6 participants (or groups of 2-6 participants)

 

Duration: 30 minutes (in addition to time spent watching media content together)

Materials Needed and Space Requirements:

  • In Person: A pen and colored pencils can be enough. 

  • Internet-Friendly Option: Synchronous video conferencing platform (Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc).

 

Learning Opportunity: This activity taps popular culture to support perspective shifting and encourages participants to explore a situation from different vantage points.

INSTRUCTIONS

Watch

Choose a familiar popular culture story (content world) 

Optional: set up a time to watch the story/episode together

Identify

Identify a particular moment of conflict in the story. What happens? Who is involved and why? What are the core conflicts within an individual episode and within the series as a whole? How are these conflicts resolved? Or What allowed them to persist?

Imagine

Imagine that you could change the outcome of this conflict/situation to make it more fair to all involved. How would you change it? Who would be involved? Would you need to bring in other characters to help? Why?

Share

Collaborate to create a way to tell the new story through performance (puppets, acting)

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