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Activity 1: Story - Standing on the Side of Love
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Story, "Standing on the Side of Love"
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story and prepare to share it with the group.
- Review the discussion questions and choose those that will best help the children share their interpretations of the story and relate it to their own lives.
Description of Activity
Read or tell the story to the group.
After the story, invite the group to be silent for a moment to think about the story.
Then, ask participants to recap the story in their own words. What they recall indicates what they found most meaningful or memorable.
Say something like:
Can you imagine what it would be like to find out that the government was planning on sending a parent or close relative of yours out of our country? In times of crisis we hope our friends will come to help us, but some problems are big enough that we need the friends of friends, and the friends of those friends, to stand at our side and try to make things right.
Lead a discussion using these questions:
- Have you ever had someone in authority, like a teacher or principal, give you a punishment that you thought wasn't fair? What was it like? How did it feel? Was there anything you could do about it?
- Did you ever involve other people in something you thought was important? Whom did you ask and how?
- Do you know people who immigrated to the United States from another country? Does your family, or any family you know, include adults who immigrated to the U.S.? What do you know about the experiences they have ad?