This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation. You may use the activities for a full two-hour class or they can be used separately to brainstorm or wrap up the topic, focusing on conversation, vocabulary and listening comprehension.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Hunger Games: Altruism
I really thought I would not like this blockbuster, but I was totally wrong. I love the plot and how it is conducted. I also thought it was original and appealing. I truly recommend it. I used this scene to talk about altruism, not using a very obvious segment.
Altruism (also called the ethic of altruism, moralistic altruism, and ethical altruism) is an ethical doctrine that holds that individuals have a moral obligation to help, serve, or benefit others, if necessary, at the sacrifice of self interest. An action is morally right if the consequences of that action are more favorable than unfavorable to everyone except the agent
1. Based on the definition alone,
brainstorm several people who demonstrate this word. These people can be famous or individuals in
your life. What do they do to show
II. Decide if you agree or disagree with these statements:
( ) Altruism is human nature. We all are altruist.
( ) Altruism is hereditary.
( ) Even animals sometimes have altruistic behavior.
( ) All human beings are 100%
self-interested. In other words, even if
someone helps another, they are doing it for their own interest and essentially
for the wrong reasons.
( ) You do not need money to be
altruistic. You simply need to sacrifice
( ) Altruism does not have to be for poor needy people you don't know. It can be a small act to help someone in your family, for example.
( ) Helping someone in the family is not altruism. It is obligation. Only helping people you don't know is altruism.
Watch the segment from the movie The Hunger Games and discuss the questions:
1. Describe the scene.
2. Is the main character's decision an act of altruism? Why (not)?
3. She is volunteering to help her sister. Do you think she would do the same for a stranger? Does it make her less altruistic? 4. Many believe this is not altruism, but moral obligation. What's your opinion about it?
4. Would you act the same way the main character did? Why (not)?