topic one: types of authority
to the teacher
The aim of this topic is to help pupils understand the things
which influence their lives. They may not recognise some of these.
They may be ashamed of some. Do they go along with the crowd? What
are the things they are willing to make a stand on? What are they
Use worksheet 1 page 2 - How
do you choose? - As this includes designing a personal
T shirt, it could be a cross-curricular venture between yourself
and the C.D.T. or Art Department.
or Provide large sheets of paper on which each
pupil can lie to have his/her outline drawn by a friend. These outlines
should then be filled in with pictures or words which mean something
to them personally.
Use the results of this work to draw out in discussion the influences
on their lives:
• What they see on T.V.
• Influence of pop stars or sporting heroes/heroines
• The dictates of fashion
• Peer-pressures. Are they willing to act, dress or think
differently from their friends?
• What they hear/see at home or in school
Help the class to see how much these things affect their lives,
some for good and others less helpfully. They can then be aware
that they have a choice.