Unit 4: Overcoming Barriers to Heroic Action - Complete Lessons 1-4
Lesson 1: Impact of Bystander Effects
Often, people see something bad happening to another person, and they do not step in to help. In this lesson, students identify the main bystander effects that inhibit action:
1). Fear of embarrassment/going down in the social pecking order;
2). Not noticing a need;
3). Not knowing what to do
4). Diffusion of responsibility
Lesson 2: Pressure to Obey
• How does the role of authority impact how others behave?
• What can we do to ensure we are critical thinkers who question authority when necessary, such as when a person in power is abusing that power to harm others?
Students will consider strategies for combating the pressure to obey when necessary.
Lesson 3: Power of Crowds
• What causes a person to follow the crowd?
• How can someone learn to be comfortable standing out?
For middle school students, there is enormous pressure to conform to the group, even when the group isn’t doing the right thing. Students consider how to feel okay being different from the rest of the group and speaking up.
Lesson 4: Power of Tribes
When people have something in common with someone (belonging to the same tribe), this influences their willingness to help that person.
In this lesson, students will identify ways of building and joining more tribes to increase their positive connections with others, such as by participating in diverse activities.