Great Game of Power – Social Justice and Power

Topic: Social Justice and Power 
CLI Strategy: Great Game of Power 
Subject: Language Arts – Reading
TEKS: 6.3A, 6.6A, 6.6B, 6.8A, 6.9A, 6.10A, 6.10B, 6.10C, 6.10D, 6.11A, 6.11B, 6.12B; 6.17C, 6.22A; 6.20B (ii), 6.20B (iii)
Grade: Middle/High

Students will be able to: analyze socio-political power structures through the creation of simple chair sculptures.

Procedure

Round I – What is Power?

  • Put 3 chairs and a water bottle at front of room. Ask one student to come up and arrange the objects in any way they want so that one single chair has the most power. The student can feel free to turn chairs over, place them on one another, or any other way.
  • Have other students view the arrangement and reflect on what they see
    • What do you see? Describe the objects in the space.
    • Which chair do you think has the most power? Why?
    • What do the chairs and water bottle represent?
    • Where do we see this relationship or idea in our readings so far?

Read Article Related to Socio-Political Power Struggle

Read Malala’s Blog Entries 

Round II – Exploring Power Struggle

  • Invite a student to organize the chairs and water bottle in a way that represents the struggle with power.
  • Have other students reflect on what they see
    • Which Chair has the most power? Why?
    • How does this represent Malala’s Struggle

Read Excerpt from Malala’s UN Speech

Round III – How would Malala shift or change power?

  • How does Malala speech suggest that the power should be shifted or changed? What would her ideal look like?
  • Invite a single student or have students work in groups with their own set of chairs and water bottle to represent this change.
  • Have students observe and reflect on the new arrangement.
    • Who or what has the most power now? What do the chairs and water bottle represent?
    • Who and what are represented from Malala’s speech?
    • How do Malala’s ideas connect with other readings? To your life?

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