Last Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

How we feel overcoming adversity – second level

What is this?

Children will research individuals or groups of people in the past who have overcome adversity. They will describe the feelings and challenges experienced through an expressive text.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Second level

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them. (HWB 2-02a)

I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience. (LIT 2-06a)

I am developing my understanding of how my own and other people’s beliefs and values affect their actions. (RME 2-09d)

Purpose of the activity

Children will develop their beliefs, attitudes and values through reflection, discovery and evaluation. They will build on their ability to present their views in expressive ways.

Learning activity

  • Explain to children they will be exploring how different types of people successfully overcome adversity and difficulties. If ‘Week 9 Activity 1’ has been used you can refer to prior learning. Children can consider individuals or groups of people from all sorts of different backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Discuss with the children who they might choose. This should be a person, or group of people, who overcame a great challenge. Examples to support thinking can be offered. For example, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Olive Morris, Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai or Alexander Hamilton.
  • Outline the research skills children will need to apply. Help children understand which questions they need to answer when researching to help them create their finished piece. Give examples to support. For example, what was the difficulty to overcome? What helped the person to achieve success? What did they feel during the challenge? What do they feel reflecting back?
  • Children will create a talk, text or presentation performance piece which describes their chosen person or group’s challenges, feelings and achievements in overcoming adversity. They can include quotes and pictures.

Extension activity

To develop their creative thinking further, children could explore adversity in well-known fairy tales. Within the story, they could identify the main challenge or hardship faced and how it was overcome. They could outline the strengths, values and qualities of the character which helped them to be successful. Children could also identify who else helped the character and in what way.

National benchmarks

Literacy and English

  • Makes relevant notes using own words, for the most part, and uses these to create new texts for a range of purposes.

Religious and moral education

  • Discusses ways in which own values can affect actions.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Children could self and peer evaluate their final pieces using agreed criteria they have created together as a class.

Staff could evaluate how well children demonstrate their awareness of values and feelings through their presentation. They could also consider the depth of reflection and confidence shown.