Multimedia Curated Teacher Resource. Includes Discussion Questions and Learning Outcomes.
Students will watch films, analyze a piece of art and/or read an essay about Wangari Maathai, Nobel Laureate and environmental activist. Students will use the questions provided to engage in class discussions or individual writing assignments.
Films celebrating Wangari Maathai
An Excerpt from the Feature Doc "Nobelity" produced by Turk Pipkin. (7:08 minutes running time,)
To commemorate and honor the life and work of Professor Wangari Maathai. (6:51 minutes running time)
Story about Wangari Maathai in English, Spanish and French
Excerpt from the MY HERO book
Excerpt from The MY HERO book a chapter written by Francis Moore Lappé on Wangari Maathai.
From the Gallery- Art Miles Mural Project Inspires Wangari Tributes
High School Student Portrait of Wangari Maathai.
Discussion Questions (To be used for class discussions or individual student writing assignments.)
1. After watching either the Wangari Maathai Tribute or NOBELITY: Wangari Maathai [Excerpt] film, students watch Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]. How does the Hummingbird represent Wangari Maathai and her fight against deforestation?
2. After reading the excerpt about Wangari Maathai from the MY HERO book, or watching one of the films about her, students analyze the Art Miles Mural Project that Celebrates Wangari Maathai. How does this mural represent the story of the Greenbelt Movement and how Wangari Maathai's efforts changed the direction of Kenya's deforestation and empowered women?
3. How does Wangari Maathai demonstrate that one person can make a difference?
4. Do you know of an individual making a difference in your community? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
Students will deepen their awareness how one person can make a difference. Students will develop higher level learning skills as they compare written word, films and art.
The Wanagari Maathai lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
Film from Young Voices for the Planet about a Felix from Germany who was inspired by Wangari Maathai.
Young Voices for the Planet: Watch this film about Felix from Germany, who was inspired by Wangari Maathai, and hopes to plant 1 million trees. (running time 5 min)
The Greenbelt Movement has planted over 30 millions trees in Kenya and serves as a model program for the rest of the world.
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 3/29/2019 10:43:03 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 3/29/2022 9:41:19 AM by Laura Nietzer