Cultural Diversity Unit: Identity, Racism, and Social Justice Health Unit

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These "Cultural Diversity Lessons" include 14 lessons that delve into the complexities of diversity and racism. Using Beverly Daniel Tatum's' article "The Complexity of Identity: 'Who Am I ?'" students work through several complicated identity and race issues. 

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More About This Unit:

-Click here to watch a video on this unit!

-These activities are the perfect introduction to the second part of the unit, 5 lessons in the "Celebrating My Uniqueness Project" which personalizes the spirit of positive self-esteem and connection.  Students research their own ethnic identity, promoting understanding and appreciation of their own individual uniqueness.

-Includes 19 Lessons 

-Has 68 pages of step-by-step teacher directions that tell you what to say

-Has 184 PowerPoint Slides that walk you through the lessons

-Meets State, National, and Common Core Standards which are listed at the top of each lesson, and are also all listed in the main "Table of Contents" for easy reference!

-Includes "Learning Targets," "Exit Tasks," and "Daily Assessments" 

-There are 19 lessons for High School Students. 

-★Watch a video to see this program's amazing organization!


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- "Great resource for teaching empathy and allowing students to identify who they are first and understanding the social constructs around identity."


Here is what is included in the unit:

DAY 1:

-Setting the Tone for inclusive discussions

-“I Am….” Exercise: Students have 60 seconds to use words to describe themselves

-Identity is complex!

– Beverly D. Tatum’s “The Complexity of Identity: “Who Am I?” article divided into daily teachable sections

-Partner and Group Discussions

DAY 2:

-Empathy Survey

-“Empathy Homework Assignment”

-Empathy Video Link: “Under the Surface”

DAY 3:

-The “Eight Dimensions of Social Identity” Worksheet

-Harvard Bias Test

-Implicit Bias

DAY 4:

-True stories that one person CAN make a difference

-Central Park Birder True Story and Understanding “Racial Bias.”

-Race and Privilege

-More True Stories

DAY 5 + 6:

-Optional Article: “The House That Racism Built”

-Criminal Justice Racism

-The Difference Between Being “Not a Racist” and “Anti-Racism

-Racial Profiling

-Langston Hughes Poem Project

DAY 7:

-Dominance and Subordination Within Groups


-Local Stories of Racism and Violence

-Equality Versus Equity

-Inspiring True Story Project

DAY 8:

-Sharing out True Stories Research

DAY 9:

-Historical Racism

-Progression to Racism, Hate, and Violence

-National Monument in Montgomery, Alabama

-Bryan Stevenson’s Video: ” From Slavery to Mass Incarceration”

DAY 10 -12:

-2020 Social Justice and Events including: George Floyd Murder, Impact Across the World,  “Say Our Names” Project, Other African American Deaths by Police, the Power of Peaceful Protests, Social Justice Movements, Black Lives Matter, Dismantling Confederate Statues, Senator John Lewis’ passing, Kamala Harris Nomination, Professional Athletes Support, and more.

-National Monument Project

DAY 13 -14:

-Dr. Martin Luther King Quotes

-Be the Change Project

-19 Ways to Fight Racism

-Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream/Black Lives Matter Art Project!

-“Positive Message Ice-cream Container Art”

--------------------------------PART 2-----------------------------------

Unit Celebrating My Ethnic Heritage:

DAY 1:

-Understanding the complexities of race

-Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video and historical reflection

-The definition of “ethnicity”

-The history of racial diversity in America

-“Index of Countries and Cultures” Internet research sites for ancestor’s heritage

-Countries of the World Flags

-“CELEBRATING MY UNIQUENESS” POSTER PROJECT: Students will use 3 online websites; their ancestor’s country flags, traditions, and cultural heritage; motivating quotes; definitions; and their own racial heritage; appearance; and personality characteristics to create a poster reflecting their own unique traits!

-Art Rubric for grading posters is included

DAY 2:

-Adding “Ad Slogans” to posters: Students choose from over 100 ad slogans to find a life slogan for themselves

-Motivating video links to show as students work on posters

DAY 3 and 4:

-“Career Survey” with 16 Career Clusters Handout

-“Self-Esteem Survey”

DAY 5:

-Sharing posters activity (This is powerful!!)


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688 Pages of Teacher Directions and 184 PowerPoint Slides
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.


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