“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel)
SEL Connection: Whether to be yourself or stand out from the crowd is a question all students wonder about. Peer pressure is a real force in the lives of adolescents. And so is the need to express yourself and show others that you are different. Use this quote to start a conversation about individuality and see if the conversation leads to the pressures of fitting in.
(1) Claim: Dr Seuss is pretty clear on this one. Not only is standing out from the crowd the way to go, it is something we are born with and something we should want to do.
(2) Counterclaim: But is conformity always bad? We have to follow rules and we have to sometimes think of others before we think about ourselves. Being adaptable and “fitting in” are facts of life and something we all should learn how to do.
(3) Essential Question: Here’s an essential question that can get the students really thinking… “Is it bad if you want to be like everybody else?”
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