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LESSON FOUR: Culture and the Roots of Gender-Based Violence

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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 FOUR, students compare and contrast examples of gender-based violence across the globe. They will reflect on their learning through an art project that explores how culture can be used to change culture.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to cite examples of gender-based violence from four countries; identify similarities and differences between them; and develop and communicate independent conclusions about the relationship between culture and gender-based violence.

TAKEAWAYS: Gender-based violence transcends specific cultures and religions and is a global epidemic. Culture has a role in shaping our understanding of gender and gender-based violence. Culture has the power to condemn or justify gender-based violence, as to perpetuate it or challenge it.

DURATION: 2-3 class periods, variable, depending on what components you use

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 Four - Culture and the Roots of Gender-based Violence.pdf

Lesson Plan
March 20, 2020
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