Materials: Video player, writing surface and writing utensil
SPARK + investigation
Watch the Tribal Council Message video "Remember Who You Are"
1. Write and circle the word "SUPERHERO" on a writing surface everyone can see
2. Idea blast: Invite the tribe to share what they know about superheroes, what types of things they would find in the ‘world’ of each of these characters. Examples of guiding questions: “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a superhero? Who are they? What do they do? Why do they do it? What are they known for?" You could also try the words "wizard" and "mutant (or X-men)."
3. Have students recognize the items listed that each type of 'creature' has in common. Superheroes, mutants, and wizards are just examples of super-creatures that we currently tell stories about...they are a fun start! And some fun questions to ponder together: What if there are more super creatures among us that haven’t yet been discovered? What would they look like? What would they do? Why would they do it? What type of super-creature are you? What can you do to help the planet?
Materials: Writing surface and writing utensil for each student
After completing the three columns, ask students to go back through each column and circle the ideas that they feel represent them the most accurately. The characteristics or items that 'stand out.' They should circle 1-3 items in each column.
Make sure each tribal member has a sheet of paper split into four columns:
This is a creative writing exercise. In the 2 minutes allotted per column, write as many words in each column as you can. Write down whatever first come to your mind. No one will see this list but you, unless you choose to share it with someone - so it’s safe to be honest and let the ideas flow. If it helps, keep repeating the same word over and over until the next word comes to you. We invite you to have fun!
PROMPT FOR THE EMPTY COLUMN
Imagine that tonight as you are sleeping you experience a mutation in your body. These items that you felt were most representative of your positive attributes, completely mutate to become even more amazing. You become your very own superhero, with powers that go beyond the norm. If you love that you are really flexible, how would your superhero look? If you love that you are kind to others, how would that mutate if it were beyond what is considered normal? If you are really great at numbers, how would that translate in a super-creature world?
PROMPT FOR HAND COLUMN
The hand represents your abilities and your talents. In this column, take 1-2 minutes to list all of the things you love and appreciate about what you can do.
singing, I’m good with math and numbers, organization, dance, skilled with words, feel how other people are feeling, help friends to feel better, run fast, play soccer, I can come up with exciting ideas.
Notice that this list includes all kinds of special things you are really great at and that you could appreciate about yourself.
PROMPT FOR BODY COLUMN
The body represents your physical attributes. In this column, take 1-2 minutes to list all of the things you love and appreciate about what you look like.
I like that I'm short, tall, I like my nose, mouth, eyes, ears, hair, I'm fast, flexible, able to walk, run, smell, etc.
Notice that this list includes all kinds of special things you appreciate about your body and can also include what you appreciate about your physical capabilities.
PROMPT FOR HEART COLUMN
The heart represents your personality, your being, or your essence. In this column, take 1-2 minutes to list all of the things you love and appreciate about what you are.
kind, smart, compassionate, sweet, loving, adventurous, passionate, generous.
Notice that this list includes all kinds of special things you love about who you are.
In the final column, you will be writing out the first rough draft of your super-creature.
List out the following of your super-creature:
1. Name (What is it called?)
2. Super abilities (What can it do?)
3. Physical attributes (What does it look like?)
4. Mission (Why is it on the planet?)
5. Weakness or kryptonite (what is it’s greatest challenge?)
Finally, students share their super-creatures with their tribe members. They can do this by simply sitting in a circle and explaining the 5 things they created in their fourth column, as well as their sketch. They could also create physical frozen images (tableaux) with their body to illustrate an embodiment of their super-creature.
Once every tribe member has shared, invite the whole tribe to create a group frozen image of how the super-creatures would look 'in action' in a poster for a movie. For examples of group images, check out this fun video on Image Theater:
Next, students create a sketch of their super-creature using any visual arts materials available.
Remember to have fun, dream big, imagine and share the amazing things in that noggin’ of yours! Let your super-creature be born!
You can use the inspiration superhero music in the video link here to play while your students create their superheroes!
YOU CAN USE THESE TRACKS WHILE THE STUDENTS WRITE:
Materials: hearts and minds
The Creo Tribe likes to end our time together with a hand on the head and a hand on the heart repeating our motto as a group:
“I believe in myself because I have worth. I create a world of love because I am a creator.”
We usually sing too, because making music feels great.
If you want a song to jam to, check out our Lovelution theme song "About."
Materials: Writing surface and writing utensil
Tribal Discussion (we recommend in a circle, if possible):
Take a moment to notice the similarities and differences between the super-creatures in your group. How can they work together for a joint mission or purpose?
Written reflection prompts:
When in your life do you practice the skills & attributes that make your super-creature who they are? Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments.
Superman's mission involved coming to the planet to help protect the human race. In your daily life, in what way can your super creature serve your surroundings on planet earth (i.e. in your personal life, family life, hobbies or jobs)?
Watch the video or read the message sent from the Tribal Council entitled “The Lovelution is Here.”
Next, create a tribal agreement (a contract) with each other that establishes how you will work and play together.
Sign the agreement if you feel so inclined. :)
Below is a list of principles to help you get started in creating your group contract. Feel free to create your own.
Materials: Writing surface and utensil
We are here now.
We practice kindness with ourselves and others.
We listen with an open mind.
We protect each other’s hearts, minds, and bodies.
We explore the unknown.
We have fun!
Sit in a circle, giving each member enough space to draw. Explain to everyone in the tribe that the intention of the game is to collectively create various creatures. There are no rules as to how the creature should look. Every member begins by drawing an abstract shape or line on the sheet of paper with their colored drawing utensil. Give 10-15 seconds of drawing time, and once the time is up, everyone in the circle passes their sheet of paper to the left. Repeat the process, going completely around the circle at least 2 times (you can go around as many times as you like, but typically 2-4 times are plenty).
Materials: 1 sheet of paper and 1 colored drawing utensil for each tribal member;
If you have some music and a means to play it, this is extra fun.
iniTiation lesson plan
The lesson below should be adapted to fit the specific needs and culture of your students.
Or as we like to call them, your tribe.