While students at this critical stage in development struggle to forge a personal identity, it is natural for them to form groups of friends with whom they have something in common. However, when these cliques become exclusive, they can create a school community that rejects more often than it accepts. In this involving and thought-provoking class, students will watch a scene that allows them to explore the emotional consequences of exclusion, participate in an activity that simulates the exclusivity of cliques, and discuss the ways in which this topic is relevant to their school. They will also have the opportunity to try out different ways of being more accepting of others and evaluate the effectiveness of those strategies.
6-8: Educational Objectives
- To define "exclusion" and "clique"
- To demonstrate one example of exclusive behavior
- To identify ways in which exclusion and cliques manifest themselves in the students' school community
- To brainstorm the possible consequences of exclusion
- To practice and evaluate approaches to dealing with conflicts involving exclusion
Audience size: 35 students maximum in a classroom; up to 40 students in a multi-purpose room
Running time: 40 minutes