Students analyze differing perspectives on the same situation, compare their own “smaller” perspectives to others’ perspectives and the “bigger picture”.

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze differing perspectives on the same situation
  2. Compare their own “smaller” perspectives to others’ perspectives and the “bigger picture”
  3. Apply multiple perspectives to handle situations and solve problems

Materials

Writing utensils, one set of printouts of this handout per group, a way to display the image from the handout.

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
1 min
Opening
  • Explain that this lesson is designed to build perspective-taking skills.
  • It will involve some drawing and will begin with independent work.
  • Then, they will work in groups.
8 min
  • Break students up into small groups of 3 to 5 students per group.
  • Ensure that everyone has a pen or pencil for drawing.

Directions for Independent Work:

  • The first part of this activity is independent work.
  • I will hand to each of you one sheet of paper face down. Please do not turn it over until I tell you to do so.
  • When I say “go,” flip your paper over; read the instructions on the page; and follow the instructions until I tell you to stop.
  • Do not look at anyone else’s paper.
  • When I say “stop,” flip your paper over.
12 min Show the full image and tell students this is the original full image. You could print this on paper and distribute a few in the classroom, or you could display in front of the class on a screen.
10 mins
Discussion

Give students time to discuss their experiences with this activity. The questions below can be used as a guide:

  • How challenging was it to combine all of your group’s drawings into one single drawing?
  • How did your drawing differ from the group drawing?
  • Was your drawing or the group’s drawing more similar to the original full image? Why do you think that may be the case?
10 mins
Reflection

Give students time to respond to the “formative assessment” questions below.

Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment Reflection Questions:

  • How can the process of considering others’ perspectives help you to become more respectful and to value others more?
  • What are some of the challenges with combining others’ perspectives with your own? How can you overcome these challenges?
  • What are some real-life situations in which you may experience something similar (when you and someone else have different, smaller pieces of a big picture but may be able to form a more accurate bigger picture by working together)?

Steps in this process and the activity idea are adapted from a lesson from the Personalized Leadership Training of Alpha Public Schools. (Find the original lesson, research, and ideas here).

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