As a class, discuss the following themes and concepts from Water Weight to help familiarize your students with them. Try and focus the discussion on the meaning of each theme/concept. When the discussion is complete, ask students to match the theme/concept with its definition.
- Differences = A point or way in which people or things are not the same.
- Acceptance = The action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
- Healthy Relationships = When two people develop a connection based on: Mutual respect, trust, honesty, and support.
- Self Esteem = Confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.
- Self-Conscious = Feeling undue awareness of oneself, one's appearance, or one's actions.
- Perspective = A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
- Body Image = The subjective picture or mental image of one's own body.
- Gender Empowerment = The empowerment of people of any gender.
- Conservation = The preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.
- Environment = The natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.
You may wish to write these themes and concepts down on a white board so that students can write them down before they research and discuss their definitions.
Some questions to help the discussion get started:
- What is the meaning of the following word? (Ask students to look up the words to get the real definition)
- Do you agree with that meaning or is it outdated?
- Can you think of an example of it?
- A lot of these terms interrelate, can you provide an example of some that interrelate and how?
To further enhance your students understanding of the themes/concepts in Water Weight, place them in small groups and assign each a theme/concept to research and explore. While exploring their theme/concept, they should focus on finding real-life examples (from reputable sources) of how the theme/concept can be both positive and negative (for example: body image and how the media can make us feel bad or good about our bodies).
Each group will discuss the examples they have found and will brainstorm pros and cons of the theme/concept.
Each student will then be responsible for making their own word cloud based on what they have learnt from their exploration, as well as writing about it from either their personal perspective or how they have turned a con(s) of the theme into a positive (i.e. turning your differences into something that people admire, respect or don’t even notice as ‘different’).