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Alternative Lessons

The ALIVE2THRIVE curriculum offers alternative versions for several of the lessons. The lessons are of a different style using first-person spoken word poetry and storytelling. If you feel more comfortable with this type of lesson presentation, feel free to use these videos for yourself or for your student. Follow the links below:

“Imagine The Ideal You” – Alternative Video Lesson #1

This alternative lesson is a spoken word performance by Demetrius from Gainesville, FL. In his poem, Demetrius shows us the strength of self-awareness and imagining our ideal self. In his mind he understands the reality of who is and the challenges he faces. After watching the poem follow the instructions presented in the video.

Discussion Activity:

Think about or write down about how the “ideal you” would react in the following situations.

  • When you have to learn something new:
  • When your work is criticized:
  • When a friend is in need of help:
  • When you get bad news about grades:
  • When you are in your best mood:

"Find Your Swagger" - Alternative Video Lesson

This alternative lesson features Tyler, a University of Florida student from Keystone Heights, FL. In the video, he talks about his own difficulties with self-esteem, especially in social situations. It was through hard work at increasing his positive experiences in social settings that he was able to overcome his lack of self-esteem.

After watching the video, use the same lesson worksheet as the one used in the original video and complete the discussion activity.

Discussion Activity:

To get started, begin by making two mental lists, or even write them down, of the positive and negative forces you feel around you. These forces could be anything from the friend who cheers you up when you’re feeling down or the pressure to look good for school every single morning.

Talking about these lists with someone else will start you down a path of finding ways to decrease the negative and increase the positive forces in your life.

"Look Good Or Learn More" - Alternative Video Lesson

This alternative lesson features Charlie, a University of Florida student. In the video, he talks about his own struggles with confidence in school. It was through a caring teacher that he learned to persevere and develop a growth mindset for himself.

After watching the video, use the same the lesson worksheet as the one used in the primary video and complete the discussion activity.

Discussion Questions:

To start, begin by answering the questions below for yourself or discussing them with a trusted adult or mentor.

  • Why do some people prefer to “look good” or avoid mistakes rather than seeking to grow from past mistakes?
  • In what specific areas of your life are you ready to learn as much as possible, whether you first succeed or not?
  • For you, what actions or behaviors does a person with a Growth Mindset perform?

"Prisoner, Settler, Pioneer" - Alternative Video Lesson

This alternative lesson features Alex, a University of Florida student from Immokalee, FL. In the video, he talks about the community he is from and how he found “Prisoner, Settler and Pioneer" thinking in his school. It was the perseverance (Pioneer Thinking) of a friend that inspired him to continue working hard in school, at work, and at home to reach the goals he has set for himself

After watching the video, use the same the lesson worksheet as the one used in the original “Prisoner, Settler, Pioneer" video and complete the discussion activity.

Discussion Questions:

In order to develop pioneer thinking it is important to find out what that means for you. To start, begin by answering these questions for yourself or with a parent or trusted adult.

  • Public- What’s an example that you’ve seen of someone overcoming great adversity?
  • Private- What adversity are you facing now and what would Pioneer Thinking look and sound like?

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