A Path Appears

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This collection helps students better understand the barriers to opportunity for women and girls, not only in developing countries, but in the United States as well, and how to effectively make a difference. Sparked by the film series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears focuses on successful initiatives, and the inspiring agents of change who are the catalysts for opportunity. The lessons incorporate project-based learning, service learning, and media literacy to connect viewers and learners to organizations and movements for social change.

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  • Men and Boys as Allies and Agents of Change: Lesson Plan | A Path Appears

    In this lesson, students will explore the ways that women experience oppression, how men and boys are involved in that dynamic, and how they can take on the role of ally. Students will apply this knowledge to conduct research and create media as part of a larger discourse on improving the opportunities, lives, and life chances of women and girls; in the process they will join a worldwide human-rights and social-justice movement.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Poverty & Early Childhood Intervention in West Virginia: Discussion Guide | A Path Appears

    This guide is designed to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in A Path Appears. It gives a brief synopsis of the film series and provides specific background information and resources on poverty and early childhood intervention in West Virginia. It also draws on stories and information from the corresponding book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, including discussion questions and ways to take action that connect both resources.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Poverty & Early Childhood Intervention in West Virginia: Lesson Plan | A Path Appears

    As more and more research is conducted on problems and conditions that have bearing on human rights, social justice, and inequity in the United States and abroad, it becomes clear that many of these issues are compounded by poverty. In this lesson, students will investigate poverty in the U.S., examine the forces that perpetuate it, and learn about some of the programs and approaches that communities and organizations have been using to address the problem. They will apply this knowledge to research and creative-writing opportunities to explore the topic further.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Poverty & Early Childhood Intervention in West Virginia: Film Module | A Path Appears

    This short film module is adapted from the PBS film series A Path Appears and is part of a curriculum collection. It focuses on poverty in West Virginia and follows Save the Children, an organization that works to address the issue through early childhood intervention. Students will investigate poverty in the United States, examine the forces that perpetuate it, and learn about some of the programs and approaches that communities and organizations have been using to address the problem.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Forced Child Labor in Haiti: Discussion Guide | A Path Appears

    This guide is designed to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in A Path Appears. It gives a brief synopsis of the film series and provides specific background information and resources on forced child labor in Haiti. It also draws on stories and information from the corresponding book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, including discussion questions and ways to take action that connect both resources.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Forced Child Labor in Haiti: Film Module | A Path Appears

    This short film module is adapted from the PBS film series A Path Appears and is part of a curriculum collection. It focuses on forced child labor in Haiti and follows the Restavek Freedom Foundation and the Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Petion-Ville (SOPUDEP), two organizations working to address the issue. Students will gain an understanding of the type of child slavery that exists in Haiti and how it is connected to U.S. and global child-labor conditions.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Teen Pregnancy in Colombia: Discussion Guide | A Path Appears

    This guide is designed to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in A Path Appears. It gives a brief synopsis of the film series and provides specific background information and resources on teen pregnancy in Colombia. It also draws on stories and information from the corresponding book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, including discussion questions and ways to take action that connect both resources.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Teen Pregnancy in Colombia: Lesson Plan | A Path Appears

    In this lesson, students will look at trends in teenage pregnancy and childbearing, learn about studies of the issue and programs in the United States and abroad that have been addressing it (both in terms of prevention and empowering young parents), and analyze the approaches of these programs. Students will consider ways in which the dominant discourse on teen pregnancy often stigmatizes young women and girls, and practice ways to reshape the conversation.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Teen Pregnancy in Colombia: Film Module | A Path Appears

    This short film module is adapted from the PBS film series A Path Appears and is part of a curriculum collection. It focuses on teenage pregnancy in Colombia and the work that is being done by an organization named Juanfe to address the issue. Students will learn how teen pregnancy affects the futures of the young women and young men involved and impacts human rights, health and reproductive rights, child development, educational attainment, social justice, and women's empowerment.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Domestic Violence in the USA: Discussion Guide | A Path Appears

    This guide is designed to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in A Path Appears. It gives a brief synopsis of the PBS film series and provides specific background information and resources on domestic violence in the United States. It also draws on stories and information from the corresponding book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, including discussion questions and ways to take action that connect both resources.

    Grades: 11-12
  • Domestic Violence in the USA: Lesson Plan | A Path Appears

    Through this lesson and the PBS film series A Path Appears, students will examine the crisis of domestic violence in the United States and its impact on all areas of society. Students will also be introduced to the stories of survivors of domestic violence and learn more about their motivations for leaving, the challenges they faced, and the strategies that helped them access the resources and support they needed to create a new path. They will also learn about the importance of early intervention and the impact of programs that engage men and boys in combating intimate-partner violence.

    Grades: 11-12
  • Domestic Violence in the USA: Film Module | A Path Appears

    This short film module is adapted from the PBS film series A Path Appears and is part of a curriculum collection. It focuses on domestic violence in the United States and the work that is being done to address the issue. Students will examine this crisis and its impact on society; they will also be introduced to the stories of survivors of domestic violence and learn about the importance of early intervention and the impact of support programs.

    Grades: 11-12

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