Facing Obstacles with Creativity and Humor

6, 7, 8

Students will consider obstacles to persevering and write creative "one-liners" to help them face obstacles with creativity, determination and humor.

PrintOne 20-minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • write creative responses that will help them overcome obstacles in the future and persevere to complete tasks.

Obstacles to perseverance from Lesson Two written on chart or large scrap paper, one to each paper, and posted around the room


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the students what the choices would befor a major road construction project between two cities if a large mountain was an obstacle between the cities (build over, build around, or tunnel under). Review the previous lessons, empasizing that they learned that teamwork (support)and having a plan are two strategies that aid in building perseverance. How might teamwork and having a plan be effective strategies for the road construction company?

  2. Point out the charts with an obstacle on each that are placed around the room.

  3. Teacher: "Obstacles can be overcome by having a plan and teamwork, but having a good attitude about persevering is also important. Today you are going to explore the role of humor and creativity in persevering. Since it is sometimes difficult to be objective when we are faced with a real obstacle, you will brainstorm ways to respond to universal obstacles right now when we're not in a stressful situation."

  4. Ask the learners to focus in on one or two of the obstacles posted on charts from the previous lesson that seems most applicable to them. Tell them to brainstorm a "one-liner" response to the obstacle. (Students may work as individuals or in pairs.) Encourage them to think creatively and to use humor. (Example of obstacle: I don't have the resources/information I need. One-liner: "Make Google your friend.")

  5. Have the students walk around the room and write their solutions/one-liner responses on at least two of the charts.

  6. After a few minutes, ask for a volunteers to read the solutions on each chart. Leave the charts up for students to read over the next several days.