Snack Attack

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Area: History and Social Studies
Grade Level: Middle School, Primary/Elementary School
Topics: Age, assumptions, ethics, regret, Social and political philosophy
Estimated Time Necessary: 45 Minutes

Lesson Plan

Thinking about assumptions and stereotypes
Students can think together about assumptions people make based on age and appearance and whether those assumptions are fair or useful.
Thinking about how differences in age impact relationships
The film raises interesting questions about how large age differences might impact relationships. Students can think together about inter-generational relationality and how it works/doesn't work sometimes.
What is regret?
At the end of the film, the woman is feeling regretful about her actions. This offers an opportunity for students to reflect together about what regret is, whether it is useful, and what we should do when we feel regret.

Plot Summary: The animated short film “Snack Attack” wordlessly portrays an elderly woman inside a train station. After struggling with a vending machine to purchase a packet of cookies, she puts them in her purse and then heads outside to wait for her train. She sits on a bench next to a teenager then picks up the packet of cookies next to her and begins eating the cookies. The teenager next to her, who is texting and listening to music, puts his hand on the packet of cookies. Shocked, she grabs the packet and puts it on her lap where the teenager then reaches for another cookie. She becomes angry and tries to get the cookie back. The teenager rips it in two, offering her a piece. She crumbles it right in front of him then boards her train. Angrily settling into her seat, she opens her purse only to find the packet of cookies she had purchased from the vending machine. She realizes then that she had taken the teenager’s cookies, thinking they were her own.



Discussion Questions

  • What assumptions do we make about people based on their age?
  • How should we communicate with people we do not know?
  • Do our opinions of different age groups change over time?
  • What are two words you would use to describe children, teenagers, or adults?
  • Do people tend to better understand people in their own age group?
  • What assumptions did the teenager make about the woman?
  • Did the teenager have to offer to share the cookie?
  • What does it mean to feel regret?
  • What should we do when we find we have wronged someone?

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