"Pay it Forward"

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"Pay it Forward"

  1. 1. THE ISSUE OF MORAL GOOD Ethics: 4nd Secondary Education http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smY7GPtyNVo Before watching the video 1. Warm-up questions  Have you ever seen the film Pay It Forward?  Do you know what the film is about?  Do you know the meaning of the expression “Pay it forward”? Frame from the film Pay It Forward Forward (2000) 2. Read the sypnosis of the film: The film tells the story of Trevor, a young boy who attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. Trevor's plan is a charitable program based on the *networking of *good deeds. He calls his plan "Pay It Forward", which means the recipient of a favour does a favour for three others rather than paying the favour back. However, it needs to be a major favour that the receiver can't complete themselves. Trevor does a favour for three people, asking each of them to "pay the favour forward" by doing favours for three other people, and so on... *networking – conexión *good deeds – buenas acciones After watching the video 3. Read the transcript of the scene you have just watched. TEACHER: What does the world expect of you? HOWARD: Nothing TEACHER: Nothing? My God, boys and girls, he is absolutely right, nothing. I mean, here you are. You can’t drive, you can’t vote, you can’t even go to the bathroom without a pass from me. You’re stuck right here in the seventh grade. But not forever. Because one day, you’ll be free. What about if that day you are free, you haven’t prepared, you are not ready, and then you look around you and you don’t like what the world is? What if the world is just a big disappointment? STUDENT 1: We’re screwed TEACHER: Unless you take the things that you don’t like about this world and you flip them upside down. Right on their ass. Don’t tell your parents I use that word… and you can start that, today. This is your assignment. Extra credit, it goes on all year long. Now, wait a minute. What’s wrong with this? What’s the matter? STUDENT 2: It’s like so… ©Ángela M. Ruiz Montero – http://letsclil.blogspot.com
  2. 2. THE ISSUE OF MORAL GOOD Ethics: 4nd Secondary Education TEACHER: So what?… There’s must be a Word to finish that sentence, can someone help her? STUDENT 3: weird STUDENT 4: crazy STUDENT 5: hard STUDENT 6: bummer TEACHER: Bummer? Hard? How about… possible? It’s posible! The realm of possibility exists, where? In each of you… So you can do it. You can surprise us. It’s up to you. Or you can just sit back and let it atrophy. If there’s a word you hear and you don’t understand there’s a dictionary at the front of the room. Look it up 4. LET’S TALK ABOUT…! In pairs, answer the following questions: Do you think Trevor’s idea is good? Do you think Trevor’s idea would work at Pedro Espinosa? Do you think Trevor’s idea would work in your city? If you were Trevor, what favour would you do first and to whom? What do you think the world expect of you? Can you think of an idea to change the world? Do you believe it is possible to change the world for one idea? What did you ever do to change your life? What did you ever do to change others’ lives? ©Ángela M. Ruiz Montero – http://letsclil.blogspot.com

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