Activity time: 8 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story "A Different Kind of Superhero: Christopher Reeve"
- A chime, rain stick, or other calming sound instrument
- Optional: Fidget object basket (Session 2, Leader Resource 2)
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story a few times.
- Consider telling the story rather than reading it. Practice telling it aloud.
- Think about how you might use items from the story basket as props.
Description of Activity
The story presents an example of someone acting based on our first Unitarian Universalist Principle, the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Christopher Reeve not only rediscovered his own inherent worth and dignity after becoming a quadriplegic in a devastating accident, he also worked tirelessly for others with spinal cord injuries, reminding both the general public and lawmakers that people with disabilities have no less worth and dignity than anyone else.
Before you begin, look around the room and make eye contact with each person. Read or tell the story.
Sound the instrument to indicate that the story is over. Take a few minutes to guide the children in a brief discussion, using these questions:
- Have you ever experienced being left out of an activity because you weren't physically able to participate? How did that feel?
- Have you ever changed a game or other activity to make it possible for someone else to participate?
- What do you think makes someone a hero?