Unit Plan

Celebrity Social Responsibility: Does Celebrity Require Social Responsibility?

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Is much required of those to whom much is given? That's the central question asked of middle schoolers in this lesson. Scholars consider the actions of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Colin Kaepernick, Lady Gaga, and others who have taken a public stance on social issues. Participants select a celebrity and research how they have taken a public stance on an issue, the risks they faced due to this stance, and the accomplishments made. Individuals craft an argument, using evidence from their research, about whether celebrity requires social responsibility.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Preview the entire lesson and be prepared to provide additional background for the events cited
  • A protocol must be in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion of this controversial issue
  • Use the lesson during February's Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need access to devices with internet for their research
  • Copies and a projection device for the video are required 
  • The lesson is carefully scaffolded and richly detailed
  • Includes both summative and formative performance tasks
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