Unit 14 Standing Up for Myself

Overview & Integration

Core 4:



1C: Has a culture that allows participants to take initiative and explore their interests;

2D: Teaches participants to interact with one another in positive ways

CASEL Competencies:

Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness & Relationship Skills

6DQ: Climate

Creating a climate of mutual respect between the instructor and the students


Standing up for what is right is not an easy thing. Sometimes, when we look at the world around us, we can see how unfair it is to people around us. You may see someone getting bullied at school or see stories in the news about people who treat others differently because of the color of their skin. Maybe you have even experienced something that was unfair and wished that someone would have stood up for you. Bullying others is never okay, but it is also not okay to stay silent. Use your voice to stand up for others, tell a trusted adult and keep saying it until you are heard.


In America, there is also a bigger problem of racism, which is  a type of discrimination based on the color of your skin and the culture of your family. Some White people have used racism to hurt and oppress people of color and have caused many unfair laws and practices. While we have come a long way, racism still exists today, and it is up to us to work together to speak up for fair and equal rights. As you go throughout the week, use your voice to speak up and say something when you witness someone being treated unfairly. Remind people that their words and actions matter, and those words and actions should be used to make the world a better place!

Reflection Questions

  • Share about a time that you have been bullied or hurt because of what you look like. How did it make you feel? 
  • What makes it difficult to say something when someone is being bullied? 
  • Share about a time when you have seen racism. 
  • Share about a time when you used your voice to stop a bully for hurting you or someone else.
  • What can you do to fight for equal rights and practices for all people? 
  • Why is it important to use your voice for good? 
  • How do you think it would feel if someone stood up for you? 
  • What are some actions you can take when you see bullying to make sure that it stops?

Arts/Crafts Reflection Questions

  • How can you use art to communicate your thoughts and feelings? 
  • How can you use art to fight against racism? 
  • What is your art saying today?
  • How can you make sure that everyone is treated fairly during an activity?
  • How did you use your voice for good during this activity? 
  • What did this activity teach you about standing up for others?

Games/Physical Activity Reflection Questions

  • How did you use your voice for good during this game? 
  • How can you make sure that everyone is treated fairly during the game? 
  • How might your words have hurt others during this game?
  • What can you do when your words hurt other people, even when you didn’t mean to? 
  • What did this game teach you about standing up for others? 
  • What can you do to encourage others on your team and on the other team?