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        Clowning Around | Global Oneness Project

        Students watch an 8-minute film, Laugh Clown Laugh by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the Berlin based clown, Reinhard "Filou" Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. 

        In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of clowns and explore the themes of spontaneity and laughter as well as vulnerability. Guided classroom discussions help students to explore misconceptions about clowns as well as how the clown could be a "master of failure." Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

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        Lesson Summary

        In this lesson, students examine the human contradictions and the symbolism that clowns represent.

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        Access the short film: Laugh Clown Laugh

        Access the full lesson plan document: Clowning Around

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