ABCs of Inclusivity

How might be explain nuanced, complex topics to children through storytelling and play?

Brief
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Key Solutions

Similarity

Originally, S stood for Segregation versus Separation, a much heavier term before we revised our words to be more positive. I wanted to highlight this: although you and your peers may all be in the same place, each person faces inherent challenges and mustcontinue to face them to continue the same path.

I think it was appropriate to abstractify people as animals and let imagination fill in the gaps. 4th, 5th,and 6th graders are smart and I didn’t want to substract from their creativity.

Responsibility

The message: despite all of the differences you may have with your peers, it’s important to create an environment where both of you feel capable of achieving more. That environment comes from your acceptance and willingness to help! I hoped giving the animals an identity would build a relationship with the child.

I also felt dialogue, a common tool in videogames, would strengthen the idea of being in the same scene with Gordon (the finch) and Finny (the finch). Again, the hope is that building a friendship will translate to real life relationships.

Language

The message: despite all of the differences you may have with your peers, it’s important to create an environment where both of you feel capable of achieving more. That environment comes from your acceptance and willingness to help! I also hoped gving the animals an identity would build a relationship with the child.

I also felt dialogue, a common tool in videogames, would strengthen the idea of being in the same scene with Gordon (the finch) and Finny (the finch). Again, the hope is that building a friendship will translate to real life relationships.