10 - Shoebox of Change
In this lesson the students think about cause and effect. They take an action to support Fairtrade and then consider the effect it has had a month later.
N.B. For older students/more advanced groups, expand the discussion of Fairtrade to trade justice. Who makes the laws? Why aren’t they fair? How can they be changed?
This lesson plan links to non-statutory aims in Citizenship.
To take an action to promote Fairtrade and bring about change.
To explore creative approaches to taking informed and responsible action on Fairtrade.
Write the following sentences on the board and ask students to complete them
Fairtrade is important because….
Fairtrade is a global issue because…..
Ask the class what types of actions they could take to bring about change on Fairtrade and mind map some ideas.
Pledge card, changing a bad individual/family/school habit, design a poster, leaflet, advert to raise awareness, make a film, write a letter to an MP, give an assembly, raise the issue with the school council, teachers or head, talk to charities and other organisations.
When students have carried out the action they put a record of it into the shoe box.
The box is locked away and then opened at the end of the term/month. What was the effect of the action? Did it raise awareness? Change attitudes? Bring Fairtrade into the school? Was it long term or short term change?