topic seven: in the community (continued)
to the teacher
This activity is to help the pupils
a) to realise that ordinary people can make a difference to society
b) to encourage them to think what they could do in their own community
by examining one experience of a group in the United States.
The most significant aspect of this is that it is about young people
who changed their own attitudes and behaviour instead of waiting
for social conditions to change or for others to make a start.
N.B. This story is not about racial conflict. It took place solely
within the black community It can therefore be compared with any
situation where there are problems.
Give the class worksheet 5 on page 22
What can I do?
After the questions have been answered in writing, find out who
ticked which of the five options in question 1. Talk about these
attitudes and what they achieve.
Which methods of bringing about change have they identified? How
effective do they think they are, and why?
Hand out resource sheet 2 on page 23
An Endangered species (a newspaper article) for
them to read.
Which ways of ending violence and other wrongs are suggested by
the experience of the young people in the article?
What did they do to start the ball rolling?
What do the pupils think was written in the letters of invitation
to draw such an enthusiastic response from their enemies?
It is important that the pupils now think through where these things
apply to their community. Are there practical steps they could take?
Give the following as written work:
What problems can you identify in your community? These may not
be as serious as the situation written about in the article An
Endangered species or they may be worse, but the point
is what you and your friends can do about it. Write down the ideas
After this work is completed, encourage them to share their ideas
with each other and help them to initiate some positive action.