The Power Of YET

Continued Growth

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Definition: The Power of YET allows learners to understand that they may not be able to do something, YET.

Discussion Points

  • There are many things people are unable to do.
  • No one is able to complete every task or accomplish every skill.
  • It is important for us to realize there are many things we are able to learn.
  • Instead of Saying “I can’t ever,” “ too hard for me to do,” Say, “I can’t...YET.”
  • When we recognize what we would like to do and tell ourselves we can’t do it YET, it changes how we feel about the skill.
  • Anyone learning a new skill must practice. Without practice, we are unable to learn the new skill.

Discuss with students what the Power of Yet means. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Idea Collage:

  • Teacher poses a question or asks for examples of a lesson discussion point.
  • Using chart paper, the teacher labels the sheet with a discussion point.
  • Students write responses on sticky notes, draw a picture, or cut images/words from a magazine.
  • Students post responses on chart paper.

Activity 1: The Power of YET

Play the video for students. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A.

Materials Needed:
  • Youtube video:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: I’m not good at...YET

Discuss with students that when we have something we aren’t good at YET, we can take steps to improve and reach that goal. For example, if I’m not good at math, I can take steps such as asking others to help me and spend extra time studying.

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet C. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting identifying strengths. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which character one can share something they can’t do YET, learning a new skill takes practice, saying “I will never be able to…” keeps us from believing we can learn something new, plan for character to learn desired skill, use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Fill in the blank

    Think about one thing you are not good at and list the steps you could take to get better.

    Student Activity Sheet C

    Directions: Fill in the blank

    Directions: Describe a time with the Power of YET has helped you to succeed in a goal. If you do not have a situation think of a goal that you have that the Power of YET would help you.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: What influence can the little word YET have on your life?