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 the SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP, students will take their ideas about social problems and develop spoken word pieces in response. This workshop was developed by InsideOut Literary Arts Project of Detroit.
TEACHER PREP: Each of the workshop ideas below has students consider their own identities and visions for the world at both individual and global levels. The workshops cycle through pre-writing activities, literature reviews, writing time, and then opportunities for discussion and reflection.