How this addresses the CCSS? Students need to be able to work with diverse partners, and understand multiple points of view. Consider introducing your students to disability studies before reading texts like "Of Mice and Men."
In this activity, students examine the term "disability" and recognize disability as an ambiguous, and contested term. They will use evidence and reasoning to back up claims about what "disability" is and what it looks like. This kind of critical interrogation of the disability label can be crucial in helping students recognize and counter disability stereotypes. It is particularly important for teachers to lay this kind of groundwork when examining a text that deals with disabilities; when students have a better understanding of disability, they are better able to critically examine representations of disability in literature, media and film.
Technology required: Lesson plan asks students to listen to a podcast. Students can listen to this individually, or the teacher can play it to the class.
Included in this resource: Lesson plan, note organizer to guide students as they listen to podcast.
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