Michelle Obama on the power of education and self-belief

In December 2018, former first lady Michelle Obama paid a special visit to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, London, to mark the publication of her memoir, Becoming. She spoke to pupils about empowerment through education and the importance of self-belief in achieving your goals.

Resources

Age: Key Stages 3 – 5

Subject: PSHE

Topic: Self-belief

The following activities give KS3-5 students the opportunity to identify and discuss personal barriers both they and others may face, how to overcome these barriers, as well as how to grow in self-belief. The following activities can be used as standalone activities, or used together with the starter and plenary to form a complete lesson (approx. 1 hour 30 mins in total).

Learning Objectives:

  1. How do we overcome barriers?

  2. How can we support ourselves and others?

  3. How can we become ourselves

Activity one

Former first lady, Michelle Obama, describes the barriers she faced when she was young and how she overcame them.

Activity two

Michelle Obama discusses the many ways in which we can support ourselves and support others.

Activity three

Michelle Obama poses some big questions to help us work out what we want to do with our lives and suggests that your job does not define who you are.

The full Penguin Talk

  • Becoming

  • The intimate, powerful, and beautifully written memoir by the United States' former First Lady that inspired the major Netflix documentary

    'I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter . . . this was not the Obama I thought I knew. She was more'
    Independent
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    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.

    As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. She dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and stood with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

    Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.
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    'A rich, entertaining and candid memoir. And overall Obama's a fun person to sit alongside as she tells you the story of her life . . . it is as beautifully written as any piece of fiction' i

    'A genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections' Evening Standard

    'Offers new insights into her upbringing on the south side of Chicago and the highs and lows of life with Barack Obama . . . a refreshing level of honesty about what politics really did to her' Guardian

    'An inspirational memoir that also rings true' Daily Telegraph

  • Buy the book
  • Becoming

  • What's your journey of becoming? Based on Michelle Obama's bestselling memoir, this gorgeous journal contains more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes to help you discover your story.

    'It's not about being perfect. It's not about where you get yourself in the end. There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.' Michelle Obama

    In Becoming, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama shared her extraordinary journey, creating space for others to tell theirs. Now with Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, she helps you find your story with:

    · Thought-provoking prompts to help reflect on your history
    · Fun activities to outline your goals, challenges and dreams
    · Enlightening questions to understand what motivates and brings hope

    These pages will help you capture your voice so you can nurture your sense of becoming. Becoming creative. Becoming brave. Becoming you.

    "I hope you'll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment . . . We don't have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value."

  • Buy the book

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