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Cultural Awareness and Empathy Activities for Teens | Printable & Digital

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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Teach students to embrace diversity with cultural awareness, acceptance and empathy activities for teens (Printable & Digital) - Editable lesson plan, student handouts, PowerPoint, Google Doc, Google Slides and rubric for no prep distance learning or Google Classroom activities.

Pick and choose activities for one no prep lesson or enjoy a complete no prep cultural awareness unit over the course of several days or even weeks for students to complete reading, writing and research activities to embrace empathy, acceptance, equity, diversity and cultural awareness over judgment and cultural bias.

The included culturally responsive, antibias activities will teach middle school and high school students to be open-minded about cultural perspectives unlike their own, and make students aware of their cultural bias and judgment of other cultures with opposing viewpoints.

Products Includes (Printable & Digital):

  • Lesson Plan
  • Student Handouts
  • PowerPoint
  • Google Slides
  • Google Doc
  • Common Core Standards
  • Learning Focus Question
  • Bell Ringer
  • Introductory Teaching Script
  • Mini-Lesson with Definitions: Culture; Subculture; Homogeneous; Empathy; Assumptions; Bias; Stereotype; Anthropology; Ethnography; Ethnocentric; Discourse
  • Guided Practice: Opening Discussion
  • Independent Practice: 4-7 Activities
    • Two nonfiction reading activities
    • One documentary film analysis activity
    • Two Research Projects

  • Closing Discussion
  • Exit Slip
  • 3-Point Rubric for Effortless Grading

Pair with my Step-by-Step Guide to Research Writing

The discussion, reading, short film and research activities all teach students to become aware of their cultural bias and to embrace diversity and diverse cultural perspectives. These no prep antibias activities foster acceptance, empathy and cultural awareness in teens, middle school students and high school students.


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Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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