Connecting by Sharing and Playing  

    Advocacy Focus, East Early College High School 


    Monday/Wednesday- March 4 and 6  




    Essential Question: Why is it important to connect and bond with classmates, the teacher in Advocacy?  



    Task 1: Circle Discussions:  

    1. Create a circle and make sure the students are all facing each other and can hear one another.  
    2. [Optional] Select an object that can serve as the "Talking Piece"- move the talking piece clockwise- only the person holding this object can speak; everyone else should be listening respectfully and silently. 
    3. Assure that everyone has spoken and because the advocacy group is large perhaps set a time of no more than 30 seconds of speaking time per student (10-12 minutes for each round)   
    4. The students will participate in several Circle Discussion in which they will share their response to questions: -Round One: What are two successes and/or accomplishments you have earned this semester? (Academic, Personal, Professional, Athletically, and etc.) -Round Two: What is something you are looking forward to from the Spring Festival? (and for 10, 11, and 12 graders- continue with What is one of your best memories from a previous Spring Festival?)  -Round Three: What is something exciting/or interesting you hope to do during the Spring Break?  

    Task 2: Team Building:  

    1. Create a circle and make sure the students are all facing each other and can hear one another- all students should be seated- EXCEPT for one student who will start the game.  
    2. The student who will start the game will assign each student, including themselves, a different fruit (apple, orange, and grape). Each advocacy can select the fruit types they want but only select three fruits. Every person playing must have a fruit assigned to them.  
    3. Then, once everyone has been assigned a fruit- The person at the center or will state- "Fruit Basket- Fruit Basket- Upset (say a fruit type or two). Example: "Fruit Basket- Fruit Basket- Upset APPLES" OR "Fruit Basket- Fruit Basket- Upset Apples and Oranges" You may also state "Fruit Basket- Fruit Basket- Upset Fruit Basket" (This calls out all students) 
    4. When a student hears his or her fruit called out, they must find a new seat-- the new seat must be at least TWO seats away 
    5. The person at the center must also find a seat after calling out a fruit. So, there will be a new person at the center, and they will repeat the process.  

    Reflection and Discourse 


    Task 1- What are the benefits of sharing our accomplishments and plans with advocacy classmates?  

    Task 2- How can interactive activities and games serve as a support system in advocacy?