Teenagers face significant pressure to meet ideal body and appearance standards, but a healthy body image is just as important as a healthy body. As a teacher of 11-14 y.o. students, I believe it is really important to help them develop a more inclusive understanding of beauty, and that is the aim of my dream lesson. Our bodies are unique, and only recognizing their uniqueness, their qualities and strengths we can accept and love them. And that is crucial, considering that our body is our home. In fact, this is also included in the Sustainable Development Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.
This lesson wants to be an opportunity to reflect on the concept of beauty and to raise consciousness about self-acceptance; however, it will be also a chance to speak in English and to review vocabulary on physical description and character traits. Students will think about the word “beautiful” and share their concept of beauty. After watching the video of the project “People react to being called beautiful”, they will discuss in group their perception of self. Then, the artistic part of the lesson: the cooperative portrait! Every student will draw a piece of the portraits of the classmates. When everyone will receive their own portrait made by the others, it will be the final individual moment: self description.