In Around the World in Seattle, OneWorld Now!’s film collaboration with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, OWN students and alumni of different cultural backgrounds show each other places that are meaningful to their unique heritages. We see a Chinese lion dance, visit an Oromo mosque, snack at a Vietnamese bakery, explore a Buddhist pagoda, learn about a performing arts space for youth, have lunch at a Korean restaurant, and hear from a Russian-American student why an ice arena is a special place for her.
“I thought the video documentary took us places that we wouldn’t have been otherwise, and it is a great resource for teachers.” – Fakhereddine Berrada, Teacher at Lakeside
“The video was excellent and really speaks to culture, inclusion and diversity for all. I liked the message and the way it was delivered by these enthusiastic and articulate young people. This is a success and should be shared.” – M.K. Deacon
Show the film in your classroom and use our Film Discussion Guide.
Before your discussion, consider setting community agreements
When working with our high school students on questions of social identity, culture and social justice issues, we find it important to set community agreements together to help create a safe space for students to share their feelings and thoughts. For example:
Below is a brief sample of questions, recognizing that the discussion should be adapted for different ages.
A discussion of the film and experiences of students in the room can be approached through different disciplines. In doing so, the session can be linked to building important 21st Century Skills / Social and Emotional skills such as: social identity development, self-awareness; relationships to peers; cross-cultural collaborations; empathy towards others.
If you would like to show the film with a facilitated discussion to your students, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.