Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Measure of a Man
Ask students to write a personal journal entry identifying events in their lives that they think have had an impact on their personalities and outlooks. Assure them that their journal entries are confidential. Then divide the class into small groups. Have the students discuss the kinds of life events that can have an impact on people when they grow up.
Outline the Opportunity
Divide the class into small groups of four to six. Direct them to the topic Phil Fontaine: Native Diplomat and Dealmaker on the CBC Digital Archives website and have them browse all the clips. As they view, they should identify the major events in Fontaine's life. When they are done, have them organize the events in chronological order to make a timeline. Then, on a piece of chart paper, have the groups create "event webs" showing how the events in Fontaine's life interconnect.
Revisit and Reflect
Have each group share its "event web" with the rest of the class and post it on the board. Finally, consolidate the information from all the "event webs" on a single event web and post it in the class.
Direct students to the CBC Digital Archives to view clip sets on other famous people, noting the events that affected their lives as adults. Have them compare those results to the life of Phil Fontaine. Ask: What do your findings tell you about how people develop their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses?