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What does not destroy me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsch
Let’s use our superhuman powers and argue against Nietzsche.
Counterclaim: There are other events— like abuse, an unexpected death, a relationship break-up— that don’t seem to have the same sort of affect on you. They bury your soul and take away your strength in a way where it never seems like you’re going to be recapture the vitality you once had.
Students are no stranger to difficult times. If you have developed a comfortable environment in class, it’s important to ask them about their struggles. This essential question can be a road map:
Essential Question: Do hardship and struggle make us stronger people?
By allowing students to share their own personal stories, you are providing them wonderful chances to learn healthy coping mechanisms and acknowledgement that they are not alone.
Think about where in your curriculum where the characters in novels, or the people of history had to struggle. Did it make them stronger people?