These sample assignments are designed to challenge students to show command of the material presented in the video, to think critically about this material from a number of different perspectives, and to develop and defend their own point of view on the issues at stake.
Questions for Discussion & Writing
These questions can be used in different ways: as guideposts for
class discussion, as a framework for smaller group discussion and presentations, or as prompts for free-writing.
These exercises enable students to reflect on some of their basic assumptions about masculinity and cultural ideals of manhood before watching this video.
T E S T I M O N I A L S
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S A M P L E E X E R C I S E
Draw a large box on the board. Then ask students to name characteristics of what the dominant culture defines as a “real man.” Write these characteristics inside the box. When the box is full, ask students to name characteristics of young men and boys who don’t measure up to this ideal of the “real man,” and write these terms outside the box. Then, using this as a visual backdrop, ask students to reflect on where these pressures to remain inside the box come from.
D I S C U S S I O N G U I D E F O R
T O U G H G U I S E 2
We hope you find this free resource useful for helping to start and guide meaningful discussions and open-ended conversation. The guide contains: