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2.10: What makes a good person?

Theme: Understanding prejudice
Age Group: Year 2
Learning Area: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Outcomes: IRS1.1

Content descriptor

Students demonstrate ways to help, encourage and care for others.

Teachers notes

  1. Any text which explores the theme of prejudice may be used as a stimulus for this activity. This lesson explores the qualities of a supportive friend. Other children’s books that explore this theme include; ‘The Other Side’ by Jacqueline Woodson and ‘Two Mates’ by Melanie Brewitt (which also covers indigenous content).
  2. Discussion questions may be adapted accordingly.

Resources

  • Text: Black Like Kyra, white like me by Judith Vigna or The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson or Two Mates by Melanie Brewitt.
  • Butcher’s paper, large sheets of paper and coloured pencils, textas or paints

Activity

  1. Ask the class to reflect on the story Black like Kyra, white like me by Judith Vigna or similar text. Reflect on attitudes relating to prejudice in the story such as:
    1. How did (Christy/ resident) feel when her friend moved in to the neighbourhood?
    2. How did the neighbours feel?
    3. How did people respond or act?
    4. How do you think (Kyra/ people moving into neighbourhood) and her family feel when moving to a new place?
  2. Ask the students to think about what made Christy a good friend to Kyra or alternatively ask them to think of how a good person may support a person who is being discriminated against/ excluded. Ask students to suggest ways in which good people support each other.
  3. Ask the class to brainstorm a list of attributes and/or adjectives which describe a good person. List suggestions on the board or on butcher’s paper to form a word bank.
  4. Using the word bank, ask students to design a class poster on “What makes a good person” and display the poster in the classroom.
  5. To extend the activity, ask the class to consider what makes a good school community.