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Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education
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 TWO: HOW DOES ART EXPRESS IDENTITY, students will be able to describe an art form in the film; analyze and discuss its significance; and evaluate this art form by reviewing a particular work of art with supporting examples and reasoning. In this lesson, students gain basic knowledge about art forms or artists in the nations of Kenya, Senegal, Brazil, and India. In particular, students are introduced to art forms featured in the film, Little Stones.

TAKEAWAYS: Art is an extremely important form of cultural expression that can inform us in many ways about a people or nation. Art can shed light on cultural influences from other places, historical events, cultural values, the persistence of certain traditions, and resistance and change to certain traditions.

People use art to express their own individuality, but also to connect with others in the culture and express a shared identity.

DURATION: 1-2 class periods, variable, depending upon how you assign the readings

Want more lessons on the Little Stones film?

Check out more free lessons and resources on Share My Lesson on the Driftseed partner page.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


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