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Gangs Lesson Plans


Questions you will explore

  • Why do people join gangs?
  • What does it mean to be in a gang?
  • Why do gangs have such negative connotations across the world? 
  • Is belonging to a group an inherent need in all of us?
  • To what extent is gang formation a comment on wider social or political unrest?
  • What is the difference between a gang, a tribe and a sub-culture?
  • What is neo-tribalism and how is it affecting us all in our modern societies?

Aims & Objectives:

Each lesson starts with a short film which serves as the platform for the lesson’s discussions, allowing students to engage firstly with the ideas raised in the film and then develop insight and engagement in the topic. Students will practise skills of critical thinking & questioning, deep listening and empathy building. Lessons will allow an understanding of the inherent need we all have to be a part of a group or gang, looking in particular at social dynamics and behaviour patterns. Students will examine individual practices within cultures and communities, working to understand stereotypes and stigmas associated with gang culture.


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