The aim of this lesson is to encourage learners to reflect on belonging – one of Walk The Walk’s central themes – by asking them to think about the places and groups to which they feel that they belong.
- Begin by reading together through Walk The Walk as far as page 76, the section where Mr Levin and Robbie discuss the flags and banners flown at football matches.
- Print the discussion questions and the activity sheet.
- Facilitate a group discussion using the discussion questions.
- Then using the Belonging and Identity activity sheet, help your learners to create their own body maps – here are some examples. They should then create a body map of one of their favourite characters from Walk The Walk, using a new, blank copy of the activity sheet.
- Once your learners have completed these activities, use the follow-up discussion questions to consolidate their findings.
Reflecting on learning
After taking part in the discussion, were learners:
- Aware of the motivation behind the desire to belong from the point of view of the book’s different characters?
- Able to identify places, groups, clubs or organisations that offer a feeling of ‘belonging’ for them?
- Able to connect the places and things they ‘belong to’ with wider ideas about identity?
- Discuss the ways in which different characters in Walk The Walk express their desire to ‘belong’.
- Identify places, groups, clubs or organisations to which they themselves belong.
- Share their ideas about the way in which belonging to these places or groups helps them to express their identity.
Evaluation Support Scotland Body Map template: A printable Body Map template.