Like All Others and Some Others
Duration of Activity: 30 minutes
Materials List: Pens/pencils, paper
1. Ask each student to divide a sheet of paper into three parts. Have them label the first column: “Like All Others,” the second column: “Like Some Others,” and the third “Unique.” Allow time for students to complete each section. They can begin with the first section, listing ways they are like all other human beings. Have volunteers share their lists with the class so you can make a master list on the chalkboard. (In discussing ways we are all alike students might note that everyone has eyes, nose, arms, and so on. Everyone has the same basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, clean air and water, etc.)
2. In listing ways we are “Like Some Others,” students might note these similarities. (Many people share similar religious beliefs, belong to the same church, synagogue, mosque or religious group, join the same political party, enjoy eating the same foods, speak the same language, are teachers, lawyers, or plumbers, like action movies, or enjoy playing baseball or soccer.) Point out that many of the ways in which we are like some others have to do with our culture. People are shaped by their families, their experiences, their beliefs, and their culture. One easy-to-understand example is our way of eating. Do the students prefer eating chicken or rabbit? Hamburgers or frog legs? Snails or pizza? Are they more comfortable eating with a knife and fork or chopsticks? Sitting on the floor or in a chair when they eat? What influences these preferences? Point out that culture influences our way of speaking, eating, praying, working, and playing. Challenge students to describe three or four different ways each of these activities are done in places around the world.
3. Conclude by discussing the ways personal experiences and preferences make us unique.