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LESSON EIGHT: Challenging Gender-based Violence in our Communities

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan, Worksheet
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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LITTLE STONES is an award-winning documentary which takes viewers on a global journey inside the lives and studios of four women fighting for equality. Directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz, the documentary follows the uplifting stories of four women using rap, graffiti, fashion and dance to fight for women’s rights around the world.

Driftseed, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created by the filmmakers, partnered with the University of Michigan School of Education to create a series of lesson plans and arts workshops for high school students based on the Little Stones documentary. The purpose of this classroom initiative is to not only educate future leaders on global violence against women, but also to inspire innovative, collaborative, and non-traditional means of creating social change through the arts.

In LESSON EIGHT, students will read two articles on how to prevent and stop gender-based violence. Then, they will choose a issue related to gender equity that is pertinent to their community and conduct basic research.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to summarize and evaluate actions that can stop gender-based violence. Students will be able to conduct basic research into a particular issue related to gender equity and/or gender-based violence and share how others can help address this problem.

TAKEAWAYS: Gender-based violence is a global issue, meaning that it affects people everywhere, even in our own communities.

We can all learn more about this issue and help make things better.

There are many ways to challenge gender-based violence, including the use of the arts to raise awareness and change harmful attitudes.

DURATION: 1 class period, variable, depending upon how much time you use for research.

Want more lessons on the Little Stones film?
Check out more free lessons and resources on Share My Lesson on the Driftseed partner page.



LITTLE STONES Lesson Eight - Challenging Gender Based Violence in our Communities.pdf

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March 20, 2020
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Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.


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