~ Dialogue ~ Topic 21 ~ Generation Gaps ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) What are generation gaps? Why do they occur? Are they necessary? Discuss.
Generation gaps describe the differences between older and younger people in a culture.
They occur because people change and grow (or not) depending on the influences of time.
2) Do you think it is OK to date or marry someone of a different generation? Tell.
No. That’s absurd. Why would anyone do that. Marriage is an institution. It’s a union
of families. But if a man has great wealth and status, a younger bride may be acceptable.
3) What is the relationship between creativity and generation gaps? Is it evolution?
Yes. We need to evolve. That means being better humans across generations. Think
about Edison, Einstein, Gandhi, Marie Curie, and the other great people from history.
4) Do you ever (dis) agree with your parents/grandparents about anything? Why?
We agree on one thing. If you can’t get a job, your life will be very difficult. These
days, the opportunities for employment are diminishing. Everyone is stressed.
5) How many years create a generation gap? Is it variable? How so?
Recently, each generation has been named: the Greatest (from 1910), the Silent (1925),
the Baby Boomer (1946), the Generation X (1965), the Millennials (1980), and Z (1996).
6) Is it possible for parents and children to be friends? Describe your own situation.
Yes. But it’s more likely up to the parents, since they set the boundaries of the
relationship. More often than not, the older the children become, the friendlier it gets.
7) Are older people always wiser than younger people? Tell your experience.
Not always. Some older people have had bad manners for their entire lives. Age doesn’t
determine one’s merit in society. On the other hand, elderly folks need our compassion.
8) What are some topics that people from different generations disagree on? Explain.
It depends on the generation, but Baby Boomers tend to be more open-minded if they
grew up in the sixties. They would disagree with most traditional customs and ideas.
9) In your culture, are older women more powerful in the family unit than men?
Probably. What happened in the case in Asia is that men were dominant up until
the turn of this century. Then, women began to assert themselves. Things have changed.
10) Were there advantages in previous generations? Would you like to go back in time?
I’m sure life was more difficult in previous generations. But we could be comparing
apples and oranges. Think of a family living in a peaceful village somewhere 300 years ago.
~ Original Questions ~ Generation Gaps ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) What are generation gaps? Why do they occur? Are they necessary? Discuss.
2) Have you experienced a generation gap with your parents? What issues came up?
3) Have you experienced a generation gap with your siblings? What were the causes?
4) When do you experience a generation gap? What people trigger it? Tell the tale.
5) Is it possible to overcome generation gaps? How so? Present a scenario.
1) Do you think you are/could be a better parent than your own parents? Describe.
2) Do you think it is OK to date or marry someone of a different generation?
3) Do you think your parent's generation's had the same arguments as you? Explain.
4) Were there advantages in previous generations? Would you like to go back in time?
5) What were the disadvantages in previous times. What would make you uncomfortable?
1) When did you first realize that your views were different from older people? Or not?
2) How does music influence people? What generational values are expressed in music?
3) Can generation gaps be beneficial? How? Are they a hindrance? Why do you think so?
4) How does art influence people? What generational values are expressed in art?
5) What is the relationship between art, music, and generation gaps? Is it evolution?
1) Did/Can you talk to your parents about a generation gap? Tell about your experience.
2) Do you ever disagree with your parents/grandparents about anything? Why?
3) How many years creates a generation gap? Is it variable? How so?
4) Is it possible for parents and children to be friends? Describe your own situation.
5) Are older people always wiser than younger people? Tell your experience.
1) Is there a bias or an unfair cultural phenomenon regarding old age in your culture? How so?
2) In your culture, are older women more powerful in the family unit than men? Explain.
3) What are some topics that people from different generations disagree on? Explain.
4) Should generations always be in disagreement? How should old and young interact?
5) Do you still feel the same way about your generation that you did 10/20/30 years ago?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 21 ~ Generation Gaps ~ Explore the Topic ~
Recently in history, each generation has been named:
1) The Lost (born from 1900)
2) The Greatest (from 1910)
3) The Silent (from 1925)
4) Baby Boomers (from 1946)
5) Generation X (from 1965)
6) Millennials/Gen Y (from 1980)
7) Gen Z (from 1996)
8) Generation Alpha (born from 2010)
A generation is "all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively." It can also be described as, "the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own".
A generation gap or generational gap is a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics, or values. In today's usage, generation gap often refers to a perceived gap between younger people and their parents or grandparents.
The sociological theory of a generation gap first came to light in the 1960s, when the younger generation (later known as Baby Boomers) seemed to go against everything their parents had previously believed in terms of music, values, governmental and political views. Sometimes, when any of these age groups (generations) are engaged in their communities, individual members are often isolated from people of other age groups (generations) with little interaction across these age barriers, even among family members.
No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials (Gen Y) have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. Generation Z (Gen Z). Diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet, Gen Z is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends.
On a range of issues, from Donald Trump’s presidency to the role of government to racial equality and climate change, the views of Gen Z – those ages 15 to 23 in 2020 – mirror those of Millennials (Gen Ys). In each of these realms, the two younger generations hold views that differ significantly from those of their older counterparts. In most cases, members of the Silent Generation are at the opposite end. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers fall in between.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and reflection.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 21 ~ Generation Gaps ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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