When should you give a “Caught You Moment” stamp?

  1. Any time a member either reads a book, or watches a movie about another culture, it’s a “Caught You Moment,” so stamp any passports accordingly.

Of course, not just any book or movie will deserve a stamp, and as their Consul, you will have to make the final decision as to whether or not the movie or book they have chosen has earned them a stamp. It should be a book or movie that they have not seen, and which depicts real life in another country or era. They must also see the entire movie, or read the entire book, in order to receive a stamp.

Please remember how important discussion is in this process. Before giving them their stamp talk with them about how the book or movie made them feel. Would they like to live then/there? How was life then/there different or the same? Which character would they most like to be, or least like to be? You get the idea. Remember, this is not a test. It is an exercise in understanding, empathy, and cultural exchange.

At the bottom of this page, I have listed in no particular order some of my favorite movies and books, which also happen to fit the requirement of depicting life in another country or era.

You will find more ideas, along with links and reviews, for books and movies on the Global Passport Resource Page. It is important to remember age levels and areas of interest when helping your kids chose an appropriate book or movie. Check out trailers, read reviews, and choose wisely. And don’t forget to speak to your local Librarian; they get paid to be your best resource.

  1. Any time members meet or befriend someone with whom they are unfamiliar, you should stamp their passport.

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but you have to watch closely in order to catch them at it. This is when you see someone reach out to another person who is not usually in his or her click of friends. Perhaps they are helping them. Perhaps they are playing with them. Perhaps they are just talking. Whenever you see this form of interaction, reward the action with a stamp.

  1. Any time you discover that they have stopped a rumor or untruth from spreading, either in person or on the Internet, you should stamp their passport.

This one is also pretty self-explanatory. Keep your ears open, and watch for a chance to reward them for this behavior. Also, if they use social media, they should get a stamp whenever they call out a comment or posting as bullying, untrue, or a rumor. If they take the time to post the truth, while citing their references, I personally think that they should earn two stamps.

  1. Any time you discover that they have denounced a hurtful joke or statement; you should stamp their passport.

Yet again, this is pretty self-explanatory, but you have to pay attention to see it. This is when someone in their click is teasing someone else, or spreading rumors about someone else, and the passport holder asks them to stop.  Whenever you see this form of interaction, reward the action with a stamp.

  1. Any time they participate in, and/or help with your Charter’s Global Friendship Events, you should stamp their passport.

This one is probably the most self-explanatory, but it does beg the question, “What exactly are these Global Friendship Events she keeps mentioning?” I will answer that question in our next section. Meanwhile, there is one more time you should give your members “Caught You Stamps.”

  1. You should give your Deputies “Caught You Stamps” whenever you as their Consul think they have earned them.

Now that you know when to stamp, let’s look at a typical Consulate Meeting.

Go to A Typical Consulate Meeting

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite movies and books;
they also happen to fit the requirement of depicting life in another country or era:

Movies:

The Secret of Roan Inish, from Ireland (PG)

Whale Rider, from New Zealand (PG13)

The Railway Children, from England (G)

Children of Heaven, from Iran and subtitled (PG)

Hope and Glory, from England (PG13)

The Last Emperor, Chinese History (PG13)

Rabbit-Proof Fence, Australian History ((PG)

Tea with Mussolini, Italian WWII History (PG)

October Sky, American (PG)

Stand and Deliver, American (PG)

Spirit Bear, Canadian (PG)

Hidden Figures, American History (PG)

The Atomic Cafe, American Documentary (PG)

The Search, Post World War II Germany (PG)

Farwell to Manzanar, American History (PG)

The Cup, from Nepal (PG)

I Remember Mama, American (G)

Lawrence of Arabia, WWI History, (PG13)

The Brave one, Mexican Culture(PG)

Gandhi, Indian History (PG13)

Books:

The Little House Series

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I remember Mama

Rocket Boys

Start Messenger

Reaching for the Moon

Through My Eyes

The Endless Steppe

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Come Back to Afghanistan

Parallel Journeys

Tasting the Sky

Odd Boy Out

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Harvesting Hope

Martin’s Big Words

Grandfather’s Journey

When I was Young in the Mountains