The Fall From Grace: When Do We Forgive Our Cultural Heroes, and Where Do We Draw the Line?

In this lesson, students are asked to examine their willingness to forgive and forget, questioning the nature of celebrity-obsessed culture and the injustice that it sometimes brings about.

What do actress Reese Witherspoon, NBC Sports anchor Al Michaels, and Three Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell have in common? They were all arrested for alcohol related misbehavior in the same weekend. How are they different? Witherspoon was busted for yelling at and disobeying police while her husband was being arrested for drunk driving, Michaels was arrested for driving under the influence, and Robert Todd Harrell was arrested for driving drunk, grazing a truck on the road, and sending the truck out of control, killing the truck’s driver.


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Lesson tags: Eighth, Ninth, Pop Culture, Social Studies, Tenth

Louis Miller

Louis is an educator, test-prep specialist as well as an internationally known musician. Louis currently works at Harlem Village Academies, where he assists in developing guided reading curriculum for underprivileged middle-schoolers struggling to catch up to their grade level. After spending some time teaching S.A.T. classes in public high schools, he was invited to join the National Academic Support Team at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, where he provided personalized, online teaching to students across the country.A proud native of New York City, he began his career as a professional drummer at age 15 while attending Stuyvesant High School in downtown Manhattan. After earning a J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2011, Louis spent six months drumming with “Consider the Source,” a world-touring instrumental trio based out of Brooklyn.