Arrange students in cooperative groups. They will use their experiences and knowledge as they address the following directions. The teacher will have a preselected group of objects or articles that has been placed in a bag. A member from each group will, without looking, select one object.
Each group member should examine the selected object for a few moments, then they will be instructed to:
1. Give your object/article one human quality.
2. Describe two ways in which your object is beautiful.
3. Think of three ways your object is or can be useful.
4. Give four reasons why you love and respect your object.
5. Give two ways in which you can enhance your object's self-esteem and make it feel valued and needed.
The groups should be given 15 to 30 minutes to complete the directions. Each group will then orally share their information, explaining what its object was and the process and rationale the group used in completing the instructions.
Follow-up discussion should concentrate on how the students were able to take an inanimate object and give it positive attributes. The discussion then should lead to some self-realizations and learning how they view other individuals and/or groups of people who may be different. Through such discussions students will hopefully conclude that everyone has some good qualities and characteristics if one takes the time to look for them.
Sample list of possible objects or articles:
roll of tape
scrap of paper
piece of candy
Read the quote by David Hume: "Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them."
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.