In this activity, students select two characters from a novel or film to analyze. As students read/watch, they find evidence of characters functioning at each level on Maslow's Hierarchy. As they find evidence, they fill in charts on their worksheet. This activity is appropriate for high school-level Psychology, Social Studies, or English courses.I use this activity with my Life Skills, Psychology, Social Studies, and Independent Study English students.
You’ve probably heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, but how much do you know? I mentioned that when generating ideas from the books you read, you should tie it to a human need, but what are the needs? This article, “Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs”, gives you information to start using the concept. Click through to read, you’ll also discover people whom Maslow considered were self-actualized.