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V-Girls Academic Curriculum
V-Girls Academic Curriculum is available for educators to incorporate activism and global issues in the classroom. Lessons inspired by I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler and include topics such as self-esteem, bullying and harassment, sexuality, body image, creative expression, social change, current events and world affairs.V-Girls Academic Curriculum is for students aged 13-19 in History and Social Studies, Language Arts, Theater and Health Studies and is supported by National Curriculum Standards. The curriculum is available as a free download for registered users along with the V-Girls Action Guide.Download V-Girls Academic Curriculum
Express Your Emotional Creature
Act Up. If there are issues that anger or inspire you, think about how you can help create change by being an activist. Research organizations or individuals who are working for change, and dream up ways you can also help.
Express yourself through art. Create one collage of images and words that show things that make you angry, give you despair, or that you want to change in the world. Create another collage of images and words that give you hope.
Be your authentic self. Be honest with yourself about what is important to you. Talk about your feelings and speak your mind.
Write your own monologues and poems inspired by I Am an Emotional Creature. Use the epilogue of I Am an Emotional Creature to inspire writing your own Manifesta.
Collect the writing and visual art you and other V-Girls have created and put together a zine, anthology, literary magazine, or website. Print copies and sell them to raise money for a local beneficiary working to empower girls in your community.
Organize a youth speakers group for girls? empowerment and ending violence against women and girls. Volunteer to speak at clubs or other organizations.
Raise awareness about peer pressure and bullying in your school by asking students to pledge or sign a petition to only speak kindly about others for one day (or week).
Write an article about cliques, bullying and peer pressure for your school newspaper. Submit it to your local newspaper as an op-ed piece.
Experiment. Spend a day where you really pay attention to how you treat others, how others treat you, and how others are treated around you. Notice how you respond, how you feel, and how you think others feel. Write about your experiences.
Celebrate Unique Beauty
Challenge the “beauty myth.” Renounce traditional ideas about what is beautiful. Celebrate your unique beauty. Compliment others freely and genuinely.
Organize a letter writing campaign to ?pursuit of perfection? beauty magazines. Tell them that you want to see magazines that show real girls with real beauty and substance.
Boycott magazines that perpetuate unrealistic ideals for women. Get your friends to do the same.
Collect and share positive images of girls from magazines, newspapers, articles, or your own drawings or photographs. Post them next to your list about what you like about being a girl.
Write ?Notes to Self.? Write self-affirmations or inspirational quotes on post-it notes. Put them up where you will see them during your day ? on your mirror, your wall, your locker, your calendar, in your journal, etc.
Take notice of celebrity magazines that focus on who?s having plastic surgery the next time you are in the supermarket.
If you visit celebrity blogs, notice how many posts are focused on the way people look or what kind of cosmetic surgery they have had. Choose to boycott these magazines and sites or write a letter to the editor in protest.
Experiment with clothing styles you would not normally wear and see how others respond to you. Wear a short skirt and enjoy it.
Organize a ?My Short Skirt Day? at your school. Make buttons or stickers for people to wear with quotes from the monologue like, ?My Short Skirt Is…? Pass out flyers with information statistics about rape and sexual harassment.
Create a ?My Short Skirt Art Exhibit.? Have students take a short skirt and create a piece of art and put together an exhibition. Expand on this idea and have a short skirt fashion show.
Mothers and Daughters
Experiment by telling your mom something you are afraid to say or asking a question that makes you nervous.
Ask your mom what she liked and what she hated about being your age. Ask her the same about being an adult.
Plan a mother/daughter project. Find a project to do with your mom that you both can enjoy. Write mother/daughter blog, plant an organic garden, cook, create a scrapbook, throw a party, see a movie, create a journal together where you each write on one side of the page, start a mother/daughter book club, etc.
Create a collage with images of mothers and daughters and words that describe a mother/daughter relationship from magazines, newspapers, or pictures that you draw.
Let’s Talk About Sex
Find out what your school?s policy is on sex education. If you do not agree with what is being taught in your school?s sex education program, write a letter to your principals, school board, or state governing body.
Make flyers about teen pregnancy rates and post them or pass them out in school. Bathroom stalls are a great spot to post flyers ? you have a captive audience! (Don?t forget the boy?s bathrooms.)
Invite a speaker from Planned Parenthood or a local feminist women?s health center to your school or your V-Girls group.
Knowledge is power. If you have questions about sex, find someone you trust to talk about it and do your own research. Seek out organizations like a local feminist women?s health center.
Until the Violence Stops
Plan a V-Girls Empowerment Through Education Fair to raise awareness in your community or school about violence against women around the world.
Organize a film screening of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops and do a talk-back session after the movie. Have resources available for those who wish to learn more.
Find out more about a current event where negotiations and/or diplomacy are taking place. Think about the role that ?the middle road? has in diplomacy. How can you encourage this in yourself and the world?
Explore creative ways to increase communication and diplomacy in conflict. Music, dance, theatre, and art are a universal language. Create art that can build bridges between people.
Create an original piece of visual art or performance art on the theme of peace and reconciliation. Consider having a V-Girls art exhibition to showcase your work.
Organize a ?V-Girls Increase the Peace Fair? for your community or school. Students can work individually, in pairs, or in small groups to research a particular peace, justice, or human rights issue and create an informational posters or display about the conflict and groups or individuals working to resolve it.
Create a Collage of Conflict. Read the newspaper for 2 to 3 weeks and clip all the headlines you see which relate to a conflict, either on a global, local, or personal scale. Use headlines and images from the news to communicate a message about conflict and its consequences (negative or positive). Share with your V-Girls group why you chose what you chose and reflect on what you learned.
Does your school have a pride group of GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer) students? If so, consider partnering to do some kind of human rights awareness raising activity together. If not, maybe some you would like to start a group like this.
Come up with a creative way to show love and support for youth of all sexual identities. Have a video contest that highlights issues of discrimination at your school. Post the videos on your V-Girls website or social networking site.
Make posters of girls in sports. Research and think about how playing sports benefits girls and use these girl facts on your posters.
Find out more about girls who play sports in your community. Are there any girls who play on boys? sports teams? Are there equal resources for girls and boys in sports?
Coach a younger girls’ sports team.
Write a poem about friendship or your best friend.
Write a letter to a friend. Tell her what she means to you.
Conduct friendship interviews. Create a list of questions about friendship and find best friends to interview.
Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery
Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about trafficking and how it affects you and your community ? and then spread the word.
Use the power of your online social networks to get the word out about sex trafficking and sex slavery. Create a cause, fan group, or write a blog post.
Find an organization in or near your community that is working to end sex slavery and sex trafficking.
Write an email, letter, create a petition, organize a march or protest. Let your local, state and federal representatives know you want them to pass legislation to stop sex slavery and sex trafficking and provide support services to victims.
Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about the facts about Barbie and child labor around the world ? and then spread the word.
Raise your voice. Write an article for your school newspaper about Barbie?s influence and child labor around the world, write an op-ed piece for your local newspaper or a magazine, write a letter to Mattel (the maker of Barbie).
Create a recycled sculpture out of old Barbie dolls, clothes, and accessories. Think about the message you want your sculpture to convey.
Organize a movement to free Barbie. Ask your community and retailers to refuse to buy or sell Barbie until child laborers no longer make the doll.
Use the power of your online social networks to get the word out about child labor issues. Create a cause, fan group, or write a blog post.
Power to Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Raise awareness by sharing your knowledge about the situation in the DRC. Continue to learn more about to take a stand and help stop war in the Congo.
Organize a Congo Teach-In at your school or in your community. To sign up, go to.
Create a V-Girls Wall for the Congo at your school or in your community (at a library, museum, or other public space). Post information and statistics about sexual violence in the DRC, create visual art for activism about the Congo, post information about how people can donate to the City of Joy at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu ( http://www.vday.org/donatedrc ), and think of other creative ways to show your support.
Empower by Educating. Research teen dating violence. Create a pamphlet and distribute it at your school.
Organize a teen dating violence awareness campaign – create videos, flyers, websites, blogs, or other media. Consider inviting a speaker on the issue to your school. Organize a Violence Free Day. Have informal and formal discussions, invite youth and adults to share ideas with each other, invite speakers, distribute literature, collect images, make art, research and think for yourself.
Organize a letter writing campaign about domestic violence and teen dating abuse. Ask people to write letters to someone they know in this situation or to magazines, news commentators and government officials asking them to help raise awareness.