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This resource includes 56 "Ladder of Prejudice" activity cards, 8 task cards, and a teacher instruction page (suggested uses and tips.)
I Created "Ladder of Prejudice" cards to use with my students when I introduce the Holocaust in my history courses. I use these cards at the beginning of the unit, as one of my first lessons.
When I use the cards, I put my students in small groups of 3 or 4. I instruct students to arrange the cards in bold print vertically (as if on a ladder) with the top rung representing the worst form of prejudice and the bottom rung-- the “least” worst form of prejudice. (Extermination is on the top rung, then physical attack, then discrimination, then avoidance, then speech.)
After we arrange our cards, we focus on categorizing our remaining cards. These cards include examples of each category/level of prejudice based on topics we've discussed in class over the course of the school year. I’ve also included some cards containing vocabulary and images from the Holocaust.
Once students have sorted their cards, I ask them to share examples from their small group discussions. While students share their examples, I draw a "Ladder of Prejudice" on my white board and record their examples on the board. We discuss each example, starting at the lowest rung on the ladder. My students always do a fantastic job making connections to other historical events, current events, books, movies, and their own lives!