Activity 1: Up Side, Down Side
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Post two sheets of newsprint, one headed "Moderation - Up Side", the other headed "Moderation - Down Side."
- Post a third sheet headed "Moderation means... " and write these definitions: "restraint," "temperance," "avoidance of extremes," "mildness," "balance," and "within reasonable limits."
Description of Activity
Participants identify positive and negative aspects of the day's virtue.
Invite youth to take a moment and think about "moderation" as a virtue. Point out the definitions of "moderation" you have posted. Lead a discussion, using these prompts as needed:
- What have you been told about moderation: What it means, when to use it, when not to use it? [For example, youth may have seen "enjoy in moderation" messages on beer commercials, or be aware of people who are "political moderates."]
- Who defines moderation? Does it mean different things to different people? [Example: Standards of moderation are different in different cultures.]
- Is there anyone you admire who uses this quality regularly?
- Do you have friends and/or family members who do not use moderation? How do you feel when you are around this person?
- What other thoughts come to mind when you think about moderation? [Example: Do you think people grow more moderate as they age?]
During the discussion, begin to capture on newsprint participants' "up side" (positive) and "down side" (negative) comments about moderation as a virtue. Then, focus the youth on these questions...
- What are the advantages to using moderation? [Example: Using moderation when eating will help you stay healthy.]
- What are disadvantages? [People who believe in using moderation in style would be limited in their fashion choices.]
...and continue recording their comments on the newsprint.
To conclude, review the comments on the newsprint.
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