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The Nature of Happiness | Global Oneness Project

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


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In this lesson, students watch the short film, "Mr. Happy Man" by Matt Morris, which documents the life of 88-year-old Johnny Barnes, whose intention is to help others be happy. Barnes spends six hours a day at a traffic intersection in the capital city of Hamilton, sharing positive affirmations to passers-by. In classroom discussion, students examine the nature of happiness in their own lives, whether happiness is a choice, and if – and how – happiness can be shared. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

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Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
0.3 MB
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Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


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