What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

Subject area: Social studies
Read with understanding
Listen, observe effectively
Reflect and evaluate

Level of support required:
Learners may require assistance with both activities. However, the choices they make in the Responsibility Ladder exercise must be autonomous.

The aim of this lesson is to encourage learners to reflect on what they have read in Walk The Walk and consider the ways in which we can all take responsibility for tackling sectarianism.

Begin by reading together to the end of Walk The Walk.

Print copies of the What Happens Next? discussion questions, the Responsibility Ladder and the What Happens Next? activity sheets.

Facilitate a group discussion using the What Happens Next? discussion questions.

Now complete the What Happens Next? and Responsibility Ladder activities.

Once your learners have completed these two activities, complete the follow-up discussion.

Reflecting on Learning

After taking part in the discussion, learners were able to:

  • Identify various options for what might happen next to the characters and families in Walk The Walk
  • Name the pros and cons of each of these possible options

After completing the activities, learners were able to:

  • Identify positive changes that the Walk The Walk characters could make to improve their futures
  • Identify individuals and organisations responsible for tackling sectarianism
  • Discuss strategies for tackling sectarianism as individuals and as part of a group

Learners can:

  • Recognise positive behaviours that could lead to a reduction in sectarian conflict
  • Discuss who takes responsibility for tackling sectarianism and consider their own place in this process

Further work/useful resources:

Divided City: Exploring Sectarianism
Once learners have read the book in its entirety, it might be useful to ask them what they think the definition of “sectarianism” is. The Citizens Theatre, in partnership with Sense Over Sectarianism, have developed a full resource pack devoted to answering the question, ‘what is sectarianism?’ with learners.

Stand Up To Sectarianism
The original version of the Responsibility Ladder exercise, developed by Stand Up To Sectarianism (Youth Scotland).