Activity 3


Activity Synopsis  
Students will construct a ‘thought tree’ based on critical discussions of Qwalena from a diverse range of historical, theoretical, and philosophical ideologies. Using their own interpretations of key themes and ideas, students will design their tree to reflect the parts of the story that impacted them the most. Their ‘thought tree’ will enable students connect with Qwalena in a more personal and interactive way.

Materials Needed

Construction paper, card board, scissors, glue and markers.

First Task

Each student will draw a tree.

Second Task

Students will add their own pictures, notes or drawings.

Third Task

Have students review their tree with the class as whole, explaining the importance and significance of whatever they decided to incorporate onto the tree.

Fourth Task

Engage students in a discussion about the importance of listening to the interpretations/perspectives of others in an open and respectful way in order to gain a better understanding of the world around us.

Option: after reviewing each individual thought tree presented, students could create a ‘collective thought tree’ as a group, with each student adding her/his interpretations to the branches of the collective tree. This should be followed by an exercise linking common themes and highlighting distinctive perspectives.

Educator Outcome

Students will learn to articulate their thoughts and ideas about the world they live in and how to communicate these ideas to those around them. Students will gain a better understanding of the complex experiences of the world they live in, both positive and negative, and acquire the skills of empathetic listening and non-judgemental acknowledgement of those around them.

Through building the collective thought tree, students will gain an understanding of how to contribute their own perspectives and collaborate with others on a project with an even larger perspective. This will have important outcomes for both personal and interactive communication with others and enable them to see how their ideas can be linked with others toward a common goal.