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Matilda Moore questions and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  13 November 2019

Read The many eyes of Matilda Moore in the Summer 2019/20 edition of Australian Catholics and take part in the following questions and activities.

QUESTIONS

  • What scenarios can you think of where you use your ‘second set of eyes’?
  • Do you agree that this is your conscience?
  • Why is it important to think of things from another’s perspective?
  • Why would using your ‘third set of eyes’ help develop your conscience?
  • What can you do to increase your knowledge of God’s love?

ACTIVITIES

Meditation. Take 10 minutes at the end of the school day and spend some time meditating on the day. Find a comfortable spot and sit quietly. Ask God for the grace to pray, to see and understand. What are you grateful for this day? What happened during the day? Were there mistakes? If so, ask God for forgiveness and to show you ways to improve. Make resolutions to do better.

Research. Divide into small groups – four to six people. Consider a topical issue. It might be a national issue or it might be a community or even a school issue. Have half the group research one side of the issue and have the other half research the opposing side. This is a chance to develop reasoned arguments for your view. Why do you think that? Is their evidence for your thoughts? Do you understand why others might think differently? Write a short report of what your group thinks and why. Then swap the reports with the opposite half of the group who will then read it out to the class and try and persuade them with the force of the argument. Have the whole class vote (show of hands) on which argument persuaded them the best.

FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

Read or summarise The many eyes of Matilda Moore in the Summer 2019/20 edition of Australian Catholics. Talk with the students about how they see the world. Do they know what Matilda is talking about when she talks about her first set, second set and third set of eyes?

Activity 1. Ask the students to make three eye masks. The first resemble their eyes in colour and shape. The other two can be different. Talk with them about different scenarios and ask them to consider them from the different points of view of their first, second and third sets of eyes.

Activity 2. You Are What You Think

Using paper and pencils have the students think about the moral implications of the choices they make.

Write on the board the following chart, which shows how habits are formed.

SENSES -> THOUGHT -> DESIRES -> ACTIONS -> HABIT -> CHARACTER

As you point to each word, explain that what comes through our SENSES is translated into THOUGHTS. The thoughts create DESIRES, which lead to ACTIONS. Repeated actions develop into a HABIT that builds a part of the CHARACTER.

Offer examples of this process and then invite the young people to share examples.

Have the young people compose a paragraph on the topic, ‘You Are What You Think.’

Invite volunteers to share their paragraphs.

 

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