Building Hope Lessons

Using a variety of teaching strategies and learning styles, these lessons have real world application, showing your students that local acts have global impacts. Resources support “stand alone” activities up to a more comprehensive unit culminating in a student-centered service learning project, 1000 Books for Hope.

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Cycle of Poverty-Screening discussion guide

Students brainstorm things a school needs in order to function well. How would their own education be affected if these things were taken away? Film viewing worksheet outlines the Cycle of Poverty and what resources are needed to break that cycle.
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Compare and Contrast Your School with Mahiga Hope

This lesson serves as a hook for students as they compare their own school experience with that of students in Kenya, Africa. Students are given the opportunity to make real world connections, think critically, and express opinions about global issues such as education and citizenship.
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Storyteller

Students engage with the inspiring “characters” that appear in the film and create a written and illustrated version of the film’s story. Students make real world connections, think critically about global issues such as education and citizenship, and work creatively.
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Where In The World?

In “Where In The World” students are given an opportunity to understand the interconnectivity of the global market. Students may extend this activity by exploring and considering ethical and philosophical issues related to the concept of supply and demand.
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Got Problems? Create Solutions!

Building Hope can be viewed as a series of problems and solutions. This activity requires students to actively identify and categorize specific problems and solutions while viewing the film. Students are provided with opportunities to make real world connections, think critically, and express opinions about global issues such as education and citizenship.
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Building Hope Vocabulary List

Students are provided with terms and definitions that are used in the film "Building Hope—The Story of Mahiga Hope High School". This list can be used as a resource for deepening writing components and essays.