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High interest, easy prep diversity lesson!
Students analyze and evaluate short YouTube videos (provided) to see which groups of people are invisible or portrayed in stereotypical ways.
Students then research and create an alternative script to amplify the stories that we don't often hear.
- Here is the NO PREP FREE slideshow lesson: https://educircles.org/view/invisible-google-slides
- Here is a playlist with the 20 YouTube videos to view, analyze and evaluate:
- Distance Learning friendly: You can edit the Microsoft Powerpoint™ and Google Slides™ files (included in the zipped file.)
- Detailed lesson plan provided.
- Answer key NOT provided. Answers will vary based on people's aspects of identity and their lived experiences.
- This lesson includes a few slides from the CITIZENSHIP chapter and the CRITICAL THINKING chapter of the GROWTH MINDSET 21st Century Learning bundle.
I'm giving away TpT gift cards totaling $500 to teachers who
- This contest is now CLOSED. (Keep reading for info about other contests.)
- Winners will be announced here before the end of the month.
- 21 TpT gift cards: $100 (x1), $50 (x2), $25 (x8), $10 (x10)
- Contest ends on March 15, 2021 (11:59 ET)
- Winners will be randomly selected.
- More information including complete rules is posted on this DIVERSITY ACTIVITIES LESSON PLANS page.
This product does NOT specifically mention the contributions (past or present) of any specific groups of people.
There are no specific examples relating to Black History Month, Women's History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Deaf History Month, Asian Heritage month, Older Americans Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Gay Lesbian Pride Month, Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, or American Indian Heritage Month.
And, that's a good thing because it means you can use this lesson package any time.
The point of this lesson is to raise awareness that some groups of people are more visible than others. And some groups of people can be portrayed in stereotypical ways: the danger of a single story.
This lesson is a great way to start off your Black History Month, Women's History Month, or any social justice issue because it gives students a chance to explore their world before going deeper with other resources.
I know what you're thinking when you skim through these 20 goal setting videos.
This doesn't have anything to do with "Women's History Month." I want you to give me examples of women's contributions, past, and present.
Okay. I agree, 100%. We do need to give our students those examples and amplify the stories we don't often hear.
But, we also need to give our students an opportunity to notice these subtle inequities themselves. We need to give them a chance to understand why this matters.
And, that's what the Who is Invisible challenge is all about.
Yes, we see females in a lot of the visuals in the videos.
⭐ But, can our students FIND PATTERNS in HOW WOMEN ARE PORTRAYED?
I actually tried to make sure I had a balance of men and women represented in the images I chose. But, take a closer look at the little stories told at the beginning of each video.
Whose accomplishments do we hear about?
- Steve Jobs?
- Alexander Fleming?
Are there any subtle patterns?
That's the hard part of the challenge that requires the most critical thinking. Good luck!
Bonus critical thinking question: Scroll down to the Q&A section of this product description where I talk about the contributions of Adam Grant. Do you agree with my choices? Was this an appropriate way to amplify the voices of stories we don't often hear?
This slideshow lesson does NOT provide any assignment specifics (handouts, rubrics, worksheets, etc) to do the actual Who is Invisible challenge. That's so that every teacher can do the challenge in a way that is meaningful to them.
The slideshow lesson DOES provide everything you need to understand the theory and the challenge.
This is intended to be an authentic, meaningful, open-ended 21st Century Learning task for classes to engage with - where problems and solutions aren't always handed to us on a silver platter.
The power of this challenge is
- to give students an opportunity to think about themselves
- to give them some background theory and common vocabulary about stereotypes (single stories)
- before asking students to analyze and evaluate which groups of people might be invisible
- and creating an alternative version to help amplify the stories and contributions that we don't always see.
By thinking about who they are, hopefully students will own this task and look for groups of people that are meaningful to them.
- That might be race, gender, age, social economic class, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, culture, appearance, nationality, etc.
- None of these words have been used in the slideshow and that is by design.
There are many ways to do this challenge. Suggestions are included in the lesson plan (PART 6).
The hope is that students will then start to use the skills from this challenge to wonder about equities and inequities in other parts of their world.
Timing for this 2.5 hour slideshow (160 min) only includes the slideshow lesson.
Individual teachers need to decide how they want their students to do a Who is Invisible challenge.
INTRODUCTION (What does invisible mean) - 30 min
- What does Invisible mean? (slides 1-3) (5 min)
- Literal example of invisible (slides 4-5) (5 min)
- Figurative example of invisible (slides 6-7) (5 min)
- What does it mean when we say groups of people are invisible (slides 8) (5 min)
- Ground Rules - Discussion (slides 9-13) (5 min)
- Ground Rules - Personal Identity (slides 14-17) (5 min)
PART 1 Do you SEE people who look like you? 10 min
- Watch the following video clip (slides 18-20) (5 min)
- Discussion (slides 21-22) (5 min)
PART 2 Are people who look like you represented? 30 min
- Identify different parts of videos (slides 23-37) (10 min)
- Watch the next video clip (slides 38-40) (10 min)
- Discussion (slides 41-44) (10 min)
PART 3 Stories matter 30 min
- What is a single-story? (slides 45-48) (10 min)
- Strategy to help students identify single stories and stereotypes? (slides 49-50) (5 min)
- Watch the next goal-setting video (slides 51-52) (5 min)
- Discussion (slides 53) (10 min)
PART 4 Why does representation matter? 10 min
- We all have many different sides to our identity (slides 54-55)
- What if you DON’T see yourself reflected in resources (slides 56)
- What if you DO see yourself reflected in resources (slides 57-60)
PART 5 I am a biased imperfect human being 20 min
- Setting up an authentic, meaningful task (slides 61-68) (10 min)
- Things to know about me and my Aspects of Identity (slides 69-72) (10 min)
PART 6 Take the challenge (explanation) 20 min
- Different ways to do the Who is Invisible challenge? (slides 73)
- Explain the challenge (slides 74-79) (20 min)
PART 7 Go beyond heroes and holidays 10 min
- How can you use these skills to explore other parts of life? (slides 80-88)
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- DIVERSITY LESSON: ASK which groups of people are invisible? How can we help amplify the stories we're not hearing?
Q: You talk a lot about amplifying the voices of stories that we don't hear very often. How are you amplifying these voices yourself as the creator of SEOT Steps to Success videos?
A: Great question. Amplify means to increase the volume of something - usually sound. I am a teacher who now earns a living from the internet, so when I think "amplify", I think of increasing attention, awareness or web traffic to something.
One of the things I've realized is I can link to some of my research sources when I make the goal setting videos. For example, in this video about the Creative Process, I talk about Taylor Swift's process of writing ideas down. At the bottom of that post, you can see I've embedded a YouTube video of her talking.
Now, obviously, in no way am I amplifying the voice of Taylor Swift. She reaches millions of people on her own. I am a speck of dust in terms of reach compared to her. But, there are other stories that I could amplify and that's what I'm hoping to do in my next set of goal setting videos. And as more teachers start to use these Educircles and SEOT resources, our reach goes across more classrooms and more students.
In January 2021, I reached a personal milestone: Educircles resources have been downloaded over 25,000 times by educators around the world. I like to think this means I have the potential of amplifying underheard stories to students around the world.
To give you a more concrete example - I first heard about how mild procrastination can help the creative process in Adam Grant's TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers. He talks about his grad student Jihae who said she has her best ideas when she procrastinates. I did some research on the internet and was able to figure out where Jihae teaches and some of her research publications (that she did with Adam.)
When I wrote the script for the Procrastinate with Purpose goal setting video, I decided to tell it from Jihae's point of view to amplify the contributions of a specific group of people. Unfortunately, Jihae doesn't have a YouTube video that students might find interesting, so I could only link to her research. But, you get the idea.
When I get bigger, I'd love to collaborate with other people who are different from me - but right now, I'm a one-person operation trying to stay afloat!
Baby steps. I'm doing my own research to find stories from groups of people that are under-represented. I'm also trying to crowd-source this information by running the $500 Who is Invisible contest.