Individuality vs. Conformity

This Individuality vs. Conformity lesson plan also includes:

Spark an animated debate in your class! Young adults consider some of the fads or trends that are prevalent at their school, as well as their own level of participation in them. Just how much of a role does popular culture play in their lives? Additionally, they reflect on the pressure to conform to these influences. Discussion of these concepts culminates in a class debate. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Preview all three lessons in the series to determine the materials you will need to curate for the unit
  • Preview the Frontline PBS video "Merchants of Cool" to determine if appropriate for your learning situation
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a three-lesson unit focused on the role popular culture plays in our lives
  • The discussions in the unit require the establishment of a protocol for safe, respectful discussions of controversial issues
Pros

  • Carefully scaffolded, the lesson encourages class members to reflect on how they are influenced by popular trends
Cons

  • The plan outlines only a very simple debate structure