High school teachers: are you looking for a creative, innovative way to foster healthy, intimate relationships and compassionate communication?
A Finished Heart does this by inspiring students to empathize with two men in love. Your class will explore the emotional core of commitment and relationships that nurture. You will also help students build respect and support for the LGBTQ community.
View Showcase Demo (7'):
A Finished Heart has been said to express "the absolute essence of what it means to be committed to love." Here, a gay couple inspires life and love for all people, promoting a great sense of pride for lgbtq students. The piece is 65 minutes, followed by discussion with the author/perfomer.
Sample questions teachers may wish to use
for discussion and class participation,
relevant to grade-specific objectives:
Objective: Describe a range of ways to express affection within various types of relationships. Questions: Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I want to be loved?" In watching A Finished Heart, do you see Chris and Eliott demonstrating to each other how they each want to be loved? Describe specific examples. Do their desires always stay the same? How about writing a list of ways that you want to be loved?
Objective: describe characteristics of healthy and unhealthy romantic and/or sexual relationships. Questions: From hearing the conversations between Chris and Eliott, do you view their marriage as healthy? Explain. There are many, wide-ranging emotions expressed in A Finished Heart. How would you describe them? Did any of the dialogues, emotions or attitudes shared by Chris and Eliott make you wonder if they were healthy or unhealthy? Let's discuss!
Objective: Demonstrate communication skills that foster healthy intimate and sexual relationships. Questions: How do personal values motivate what and how we communicate? Identify and differentiate communication skills, content and values expressed in A Finished Heart. How do they work together? We will discuss and demonstrate together by each choosing a personal value, assigning content we want to express that's aligned with that value, choosing a way to express it and expressing it with each other.
Objective: Practice effective and appropriate verbal and nonverbal communicationi skills with peers and adults to enhance health. Question:
What is one skill you can take from A Finished Heart that you will use today? Explain how you'll use it. We'll each report back and discuss, tomorrow!
Objective: Recognize diversity among relationships including age, disability, national origin, race, color, marital status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Questions: What do you see in A Finished Heart as the driving force(s) behind the marriage of Chris and Eliott? Does sexual orientation play any role in defining this?
Objective (Mindset Standard): A sense of belonging in the school environment. Questions: What does it mean to you that this piece is about two men in love, who are married to each other? What does it mean to you that your school is presenting this piece to you?
Read how A Finished Heart inspires bonding:
What is it like to work with Eliott?