Grade 8

“What’s Your Story? Recognizing Humanity in Every Individual
Compassion and empathy are the first steps toward solving the problem

StepsActivitiesResources
1

Brainstorm a cause with your students that matters to them. It can be anything that helps and teaches them that they can make a difference.

2

Have students search for and select an image that will help engage students in the cause – this is what you are working to help. Post the image prominently in the classroom. Develop and discuss questions about the image and feelings that it evokes.

For issues like poverty, homelessness, and hunger, download and use the I can makeChange Grade 8 poster and lesson plan.

3

Show students that young people can make a difference by playing the “Hannah’s Vision” video and the video “Grade 8 Vignette” and discuss these videos using or adapting this lesson plan

“Hannah’s Vision” is an inspiring video that shows Hannah at work, and depicts the remarkable impact that Hannah, as a nine-year-old, and her Ladybug Foundation, made on the homeless and the community. (6:30 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

4

Select from these lesson plans:

  • Quote Study
  • Gifts – Stereotyping/Prejudice/Judging
  • The Stories of Our Lives, which includes the videos “Rwanda to Canada” and “Fragile” described in the lesson plan.

    “Rwanda to Canada” is a remarkable and dramatic story of survival and sanctuary for a Rwandan refugee. As a child, alone in the jungle, Christian Butera survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994, but not without witnessing his father's murder and losing more than 100 family members. Christian tells the moving story of his childhood and of the solace and opportunity he found in Canada. (15:30 minutes)

    “Fragile” is a music video performed by young, talented Amanda Falk. (5 minutes)

Go to the I Can makeChange interactive pages - have fun and learn!

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

5

Making Change! Play the video “Hannah’s Speech” and the song “Make Change”, described in this lesson. See that everyone, no matter what age, can make a difference!

6

Plan a project to help make change in the school, community, country or world. Use the I can makeChange” Social Action Project Planning Charts to help.

If your project relates to homelessness, hunger, poverty or street life

  • access the great information and resources at The Ladybug Foundation website
  • as part of your action, join Walk a Mile in Their Shoes on January 31 to support The Ladybug Foundation and charities across Canada
7

Send Hannah an Action Update (attaching authorized photos, video and all!) and share with Hannah all the excitement of how you helped and made change. We will feature your school on our “Making Change with Hannah” web and Facebook page.

8

Reflect with your students on all that you did and all that you helped. Re-emphasize that they proved that they can make a difference, now and in their futures!

“Thank you for making a difference and changing the world!”
Hugs and Ladybugs, Hannah

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