Activity: Stereotypes, Prejudice, Diversity, and Discrimination in Schools

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This activity covers the topics of diversity and discrimination with a focus on schools. Students will consider whether or not their own school reflects and celebrates the diversity of its students by analyzing their school's anti-discriminatory practices in a variety of categories. This resource could be a perfect introduction to a unit on civil rights, racism, gender studies, or any other topic related to social justice.

Lesson Plan:

*This lesson will likely take 1-2 class periods to complete

Minds-On Hook: Stand Up (~20 minutes)

1. The teacher will read a list of statements to the class about identity, diversity and discrimination in their

school. If students agree with the statement, they should stand up.

•The teacher should remind students that they don’t have to respond to any questions that they aren’t comfortable with. Although this activity can raise uncomfortable topics, it can be a powerful way to examine discriminatory practices in our schools.

•The teacher should review the statements and adapt them for their classrooms if necessary.

•The teacher may wish to print the statements for the students in advance so that they have time to consider their answers before the activity.

2. As a class, students will reflect upon the activity by discussing the four questions that are included on the ”stand up” list of statements.

Evaluate Your School (~ 1-1.5 hours)

1. In small groups of 2-3, students will evaluate their school’s inclusivity and anti-discriminatory practices.

Students will use a detailed graphic organizer to evaluate their school and identify areas for improvement in relation to different aspects of diversity (gender, race, ability etc.)

○ When evaluating their school, students should consider a variety of areas including school clubs,

physical environment, curriculum, language used on posters and signs, accessibility, library resources, dress codes etc.

○ Students may wish to walk around the building to check for accessibility, language of school signs,

library resources etc.

2. Students will answer reflection questions about their findings and then create an anti-discrimination action plan about one issue they found from their school evaluation.

*The teacher may wish to have students present their completed action plan to the class or to a small group.

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The Truth About Thanksgiving: A Social Justice Lesson for High School Students

Understanding Privilege: A Mini Unit for Social Justice Education

What is Toxic Masculinity?: Exploring Perspectives Through Media Analysis

Gender Norms and Stereotypes

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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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