Relationships

Minding the Gap | Lesson Plan Clips

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Minding the Gap is a coming of age film by Bing Liu. Starting in high school, Bing begins to make skate videos. What starts as a hobby ends up as a profound exploration of issues that is likely to resonate deeply with students.

The diverse group of participants in the film — Bing, Keire, Zack, and Nina — see and feel the often jarring challenges of life in a small, declining Rust Belt city. Collectively, they experience family violence, substance abuse, economic insecurity, racism, and teen pregnancy, along with the typical struggles of identity formation as teens become adults. To cope, they skate — regulating the speed at which they move through life, attacking obstacles and flipping over platforms, sometimes unsuccessfully. The risks they take are sometimes rewarded and sometimes the source of pain. But they persevere.

ACE - Adverse Childhood Experiences

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In these videos, students will learn about how early exposure to family violence, abusive treatment, neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, or separated/divorced parents can lead to health and social problems, risk-taking behaviors, and a shortened lifespan. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) can last a lifetime, but they don't have to. Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and communities can break the cycle of abuse and maltreatment.

Happy Healthy Kids | Amazing Us!

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In this episode of Happy Healthy Kids, Miss Kelsey helps kids reflect on how our differences make us extra special. Comparing our likes and dislikes leads us to identify connections with each other and recognize how beautiful and awesome we are!

Clip #2 | Real Boy Film Module

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Real Boy, trans teenager Bennett talks to friend Joe Stevens, a trans folk singer, about trying to grow a beard and how to groom it when it finally does come. Bennett may just have “one chin hair at the moment” but Joe does give him a nifty new haircut as they talk about how they had “girls’ haircuts” forced on them as kids.

ARTHUR | So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (Video)

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Find out what happens when Arthur’s friendly teasing goes too far in this in this video from the PBS children’s series ARTHUR. Arthur teases Sue Ellen about her new sweater even after Sue Ellen and their other friends ask him to stop. Arthur finally realizes he was wrong, but can he find a way to apologize to Sue Ellen and save their friendship?

This video can be used with The AIM Buddy Project | An ARTHUR Social, Emotional, and Character Development Curriculum.

Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

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Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives is the true story of 18-year-old Marlin, from Honduras, who survives sexual abuse, immigration to the United States, and substance abuse. Most of the story takes place at APTP, the Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago. APTP is an after-school theater program that makes plays out of people’s real-life stories. This is a documentary—the kids in the film are not actors. Marlín’s story has difficult themes but nothing graphic. The focus is on how the other youth turn her story into a play.

ARTHUR | Dear Adil (Video)

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Arthur uses false information to make assumptions about his new pen pal from Turkey in this video from the PBS children’s series ARTHUR. When Arthur starts writing to his new pen pal, Adil, he uses information he read in a comic book about Adil’s country. When Adil is uncomfortable with Arthur’s silly questions, Adil stops writing back. Arthur re-examines his approach and looks for other accurate sources of information.

This video can be used with The AIM Buddy Project | An ARTHUR Social, Emotional, and Character Development Curriculum.

Real Boy | Film Trailer

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A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward understanding that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.

Help Each Other | The Healthy Kids Project

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Learn why it's important to help each other.

Clip #1 | Real Boy Film Module

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Real Boy, Bennett enters the hospital for chest reconstruction surgery and is both touched and surprised that his mom Suzy came to be with him for support, despite her own reservations. She then gets supportive advice from another mom whose son is also transitioning, and who reassures Suzy. “We don’t have to understand it completely but we have to be there, love them and support them,” she tells Suzy. “There’s so many other people in the world who want to bring them down; we have to make sure we’re not those people.”

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