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        QUEST | Lesson Plan Clips

        Significant trauma, including witnessing or experiencing violence, is a fact of life for many students. Left unaddressed, that trauma can be an obstacle to learning. Teachers, who are typically asked to focus on cognitive rather than affective learning, sometimes feel ill-equipped to help students process their experiences. This lesson provides a curriculum-connected place to start. 

        In the lesson students gain an intuitive sense of the difference between affective and cognitive brain functions. They are asked to use both art and expository writing to respond to clips from the documentary film QUEST. The family shown in the film uses community connections, politics and art to cope when their youngest daughter, PJ, is shot—caught in crossfire on the streets of North Philadelphia. As students compare and contrast responses, they understand the role that affective pursuits, like artistic expression, can play in the healing process.

        Clip 1: "QUEST Trailer"

        The trailer for "QUEST."

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        Clip 2: "The Studio"

        Quest explains that he offers this free studio time to give young men something to do besides killing each other. Note: Young Swagger’s freestyle rap includes the “n-word.” The clip begins at 27:55 with Quest Rainey in his studio and ends at 29:00 as soon as Young Swagger finishes his freestyle.

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        Clip 3: "She's Been Shot"

        Over hospital scenes, we hear what it was like for PJ’s mother to find out her daughter had been shot. The clip starts at 32:55 with a shot of an empty basketball court and ends at 35:00 with Quest on the phone explaining that PJ lost her eye.

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        Clip 4: "The News"

        Christine’a relates PJ’s recollection of being shot. They watch police cars responding to another incident. Quest talks about guilt and about hearing gunshots every day and not ever thinking that one of the victims would be his daughter.

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        Clip 5: "Block Party"

        The community welcomes PJ home and celebrates her recovery with a block party, including a performance by Price (one of the artists Quest produces) and dancing. The scene ends with Christine’a describing her response to the trauma.

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        Clip 6: "Stop the Violence March"

        Quest and Christine’a talk about another shooting in the neighborhood. This one took the life of a boy. The community responds to the shooting with a protest march. The clip starts at 1:07:15 with Quest saying, “It was just a random shooting.”

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        Clip 7: "Stop and Frisk"

        Quest is pulled over by police because, they say, he “fits the description.” Christine’a pulls out her camera to video what’s happening because she is worried about how aggressive the officer is. Quest responds by heading to the studio and creating a track on his keyboard.

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