For Educators

Bring The Bigger Picture Campaign into your classrooms! On this page, you will find writing workshop lesson plans inspired by each of our short films and The Bigger Picture Tool Kit. The format of each of the video-specific lesson plans is below. Each lesson plan includes a transcript of the poem, correlating facts and statistics, and activities and prompts to inspire young people to connect the rising epidemic of Type 2 diabetes with their personal environments and experiences.

Workshop Format Breakdown

Leading question:

These questions are intended to generate discussion around different contributing factors to Type 2 diabetes. They are leading questions into the subject matter of the lesson.

Activity:

The activity portion is an idea generator to explore the topics of the lesson deeper.

Watch:

Watch the correlating video that goes along with each lesson.

Discuss:

Begin a discussion with reactions to the film and then use the discussion questions to expand on student ideas.

Write:

These are suggested writing prompts for the lesson. Share these prompts with your students and ask them to “free write.” Free writing is stream-of-consciousness writing with only two rules: no wrong answers and the standard is yourself.

Share Out:

Participants share their writing to the group.

Wrap Up:

The wrap up can be last thoughts or concluding questions. These questions were formed to generate new thinking towards the next conversation and lesson.

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1. Block O Breakfast

Robin Black and The Bigger Picture Poets mock the food Industries use of deceptive marketing to trick people, especially youth, into eating unhealthy foods.

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2. Hear No

Joshua Merchant tells a personal story about his fathers relationship to Type 2 Diabetes, and its impact on family, and his own future.

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3. Pushin’ Weight

Simone Bridges (MC Nina Seraphina) uses rap to illustrate the metaphorical connection between the Food Industry, High Sugar foods and the pedaling of street narcotics.

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4. The Corner

Jose Vadi illustrates the choice people make and questions whether or not we are actually making a choice or whether choices about what to eat are made for us by forces beyond our control.

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5. Farm Living

Robin Black discusses the way in which people are farmed by being fed industrialized food.  This punishing monologue provides insight into the relationship between the food industry and sickness.

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6. Sole Mate

Jose Vadi explores how dependent we all are on our feet and asks the question what would we do if we lost all or part of one?  Caution: This video contains very strong images.
 

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7. Product of His Environment

Joshua Merchant explores the social and economic factors that contribute to the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic in low income communities of color.

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8. DEATH RECIPE

“We eat like we still slaves
Back in the day we ate what whites didn’t want
now we got something called freedom to eat…”

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9. Health Justice Manifesto

Jade Cho leads The Bigger Picture Poets in a collective pledge of commitment to ending this epidemic and challenging the systems and institutions that support its growth and spread.

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10. Lost in Translation

The beverage industry is specifically targeting Latino children and youth by increasing their marketing efforts on Spanish-language television.

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11. A Taste of Home

The beverage industry is specifically targeting Latino children and youth by increasing their marketing efforts on Spanish-language television.

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12. Quantum Field

Poet Tele’ Jon Quinn tells us the story of a young man doing all of the right things in the wrong world and how he is shunned for living a healthy life.

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13. Countdown

QueenNefertiti Shabazz created a piece that talks about how stress leads us to make bad decisions that affect our health and in turn our ability to function.

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14. Targets

Watch Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Obasi Davis, raise his voice against the targeting of minority youth by the marketing campaigns of the food and beverage industry.

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15. Perfect Soldiers

Gabriel Cortez creates a historical bridge between Panama and growing up Panamanian-American, and the “arsenal of ways to self-destruct” that unite the intergenerational effects of Type 2 diabetes.

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16. Thin Line

Watch Ivori Holson outline the harmful effects of a sugary drink diet in “Thin Line” written and performed by Ivori for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.

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17. Purest Poison

If Type 2 diabetes could speak, what would she say? Find out in “Purest Poison” written by Joshua Merchant and performed by Joyce Lee.

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18. Chocolate Smile

Watch Marje Kilpatrick in “Chocolate Smile,” a new film produced for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations. Born and raised in Richmond, Calif., Marje addresses many of the socioeconomic and environmental factors within her community that help contribute to the Type 2 diabetes epidemic.

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