Stories that Move
These worksheets can be used as preparation for working with the online tool (replacing some of the tracks). They are also suitable for distance learning. The worksheets provided here are interactive PDFs. Leaners can individually fill in their answers online and save the document (adding their name). If required they can share the file with others.
The worksheet Who am I? looks at identity and diversity. Learners can complete the worksheet individually and then share it. Ensure your learners understand that you will want to see their stars and that they will be shared with the whole class. If it is technically feasible, plan beforehand whether (and if so how) you would like the students to work in groups on questions 4 and 5.
Educators’ guide for learning path 1, Seeing & being, including ‘Who am I?
What exactly is discrimination and how does it work?
In Medine’s story learners watch a short video online and then work on the assignments in the pdf worksheet. If you are (video) chatting with your class, learners can work in pairs or small groups and fill in the worksheet together. Question 4 is particularly suitable for discussion. Ask each small group to share their main points of discussion with the rest of the class.
Draw your students’ attention to the image of the ‘discrimination machine’ on the second page. What do they see and what insights does the picture suggest to them about how discrimination works?
The glossary will help learners understand the difference between prejudices and discrimination
The pdf worksheet Facing discrimination invites learners two watch two film clips and then consider for a moment their own emotions. Learners are asked to think about discrimination and what impact it may have on people’s lives. The questions and exercises help learners to see themselves in relation to others. The worksheet also offers learners an outline of possible actions they can take if they witness or face discrimination.
This lesson plan is based on learners analysing Nick’s story. Students consider what makes love stories happy, and what might ruin a loving relationship. They reflect on the role social injustice plays in people’s lives. They practise thinking from several different perspectives and develop critical thinking and communication skills. This is a classroom activity on the theme of love, inspired by Valentine’s Day and designed for intermediate level and above students of English aged 15-18. Download the lesson plan.
Educators’ guide for learning path 2, Facing discrimination
This learning path offers ten life stories of people who have encountered antisemitism, racism, discrimination against Roma and Sinti, or discrimination against LGBT+. Learners can start work online. Educators can register for free here. Invite your learners to join a class by sending them the PIN.
A dedicated guide is available with tips and additional information about distance learning with the Life stories learning path.
Karina Meeuwse, a secondary school teacher in Amsterdam, has worked with Stories that Move for several years.
“This toolbox is made for distance learning! My students have really enjoyed working on Facing discrimination. We had really useful exchanges and you can tell that they were very engaged, and less easily distracted than in class. Everyone worked individually, but we often had a class exchange during the lesson. I was online, too, doing the track and ‘chatting’ students answers to any questions they had.”
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