Students explore the concept of “chosen family.”
Students will be able to:
- Identify “chosen family” members in their lives and the roles they have played
- Find ways they can make those chosen family members feel loved and appreciated
- Create and illustrate a chosen family tree
- Pen and paper
- Art supplies – markers, glue, paper, scissors, etc.
- Students may bring in photos or magazines if they wish
|2 min||Opening: Ask students an introductory question about family and give them a few minutes to journal a response. Question suggestions:
|10 min||Discussion: Spend some time talking with students about what makes a chosen family, and how and why we need to cultivate chosen family members in our lives.
A chosen family is the family we choose to surround ourselves with – whether they are technically related to us or not.
Suggested discussion questions:
|As you engage students with questions of family, consider that “family” can have widely different definitions across cultural and social lines; the idea of this lesson is not to parse strict lines between “natural” and “chosen” families, but rather to empower students to name the people who have supported them and to whom they feel connected.|
|30 min||Creating “Chosen” Family Trees: Allow students to draw, paint, or otherwise create their “chosen family tree”.
When including people, ask students to put a note about how or why they are chosen family members.
|Planning to post the trees around the room can serve as a reminder to students of the people that they value and who support them.
Differentiation: Students who have difficulty organizing their thoughts and ideas may benefit from a family tree template with space to write explanations rather than being asked to create a tree from scratch on blank paper.
|8 min||Reflection: Ask students to write a reflection about their “chosen family tree”. Suggested questions:
|Share Out: If there is more time, students can write about one of their chosen family members, or share back with the class about who is on their family tree.|
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
- Students reflect on the chosen family members in their lives, and what they do to support those relationships.
- Students depict those relationships on an chosen family tree.