Social Status and Stratification Unit Print & Digital

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Let's Cultivate Greatness
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10th - 12th, Higher Education
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Invite your students to explore topics of race, class, and privilege in an effort to strengthen their empathy for the lived experiences of others with this sociology unit.

Students will master key sociological concepts like

  • the various statuses and roles any one person holds in society
  • closed and open stratification systems
  • social mobility and meritocracy, and privilege
  • developing empathy and forming allyship with others

Challenge your students to look outside their vantage point to see the world from others' perspectives so they can more objectively ask themselves, "How has stratification shaped my identity?"

All student materials come in print PDF and Google Slides!

Special Note: This unit is proud to be part of the TPT Teach for Justice program which recognizes classroom-ready, high-quality resources that promote equality, antiracism, and inclusion. This unit has been thoroughly reviewed by TPT and meets its high standards of excellence. As a bonus to you, it is offered at a discounted price.


Greatness is recognizing the unequal power that exists in society in order to create change.

The strength of an inquiry unit like this is your ability to immediately make abstract concepts into intriguing and relevant lessons: each engaging activity builds towards the unit driving question with its own focused question and is based on issues that are real-world and personal to students.

This unit can be done well in 2-3 weeks and has been crafted to support the standards of Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Indiana, and the National Sociological Association.

Included in this unit:

Overview Materials

  • Teacher Unit Overview with general notes, links, standards, and a pacing guide
  • Daily Lesson Plans with step-by-step instructions and lesson takeaway notes
  • Detailed answer keys for each activity
  • Student Unit Review and Skills handouts with self-checking questions and "I Can..." statements
  • Student Unit Notes sheet for building deep and nuanced mastery of concepts over the course of the unit
  • Editable Parent Permission form to inform families about sensitive topics that are covered in this unit
  • Editable Case Study template to customize for any news source you want to incorporate

Student Activities

  • Unit Hook: simulate the world from a left-hander's perspective with everyday objects
  • Crash Course Guided Notes: provide an overview of concepts with this video and embedded "pause and talk" real-world application tasks (perfect lecture or textbook replacement or for a flipped classroom experience)
  • Statuses & Roles: cover the different types of statuses and roles people hold and analyze the struggles and wishes about one's own status set as well as those of others'
  • Society Mobility: analyze and conclude on various data charts, survey results, and news articles about perceptions and reality of upward mobility
  • Mobility Issues Case Study: investigate and discuss the struggles low-income students face while attending Ivy League colleges
  • The Privileges We Carry: collaborate to develop a safe experience in which privileges of all kinds are shared and reflected on
  • Empathy and Allyship: close with an examination of reflection questions and reminders for how to continue developing these crucial social skills


  • Open-Ended Essay: encapsulate understanding of concepts by forming a personalized and supported answer to the not-so-simple question, “How has stratification shaped my identity?”
  • Short Answer Assessment: succinct assess students' mastery of concepts and application to the real world and their own lives
  • Sociologist's Journal: builds deep reflection on personal beliefs and experiences about concepts
  • Each is EDITABLE for your customization

By the end of this unit, your students will be able to:

  • Articulate their personal and nuanced understanding of stratification
  • Describe key components of stratification, including the statuses and roles, and concepts like social mobility, meritocracy, and privilege
  • Analyze and evaluate a variety of news media articles, editorials, and statistical data to examine current issues with a sociological lens
  • Investigate, question, and discuss current social issues
  • Collaborate to solve questions
  • Apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations
  • Reflect on sociological concepts in own life

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Your FAQs Answered

I've never taken a Soc class! Will this help ME learn all this? This unit is built for you with step-by-step daily lesson plans, detailed answer keys, and lecture kits with slide-by-slide scripts.

I don't have any textbooks-- is this tied to one? Nope :) The included lecture kit, Crash Course video guide notes, and links to open-source textbooks give you 3 options for delivering content, depending on your style.

What if my district bans talking about certain sensitive topics? No worries! There are more than enough activities to let you pick and choose. When sensitive issues are touched on, detailed notes are included to assist you. Also, know all student activities are editable.

Can I edit things? Yes! All student materials come in editable Google file format. The printable PDF option is not.

Will this work with my LMS? It should! Your LMS should let you attach Google files or insert forced copy links of them. You can also easily download any Google Doc or Slide file to Microsoft. If you want to create assignments natively in your LMS, you can copy and paste text from the editable Google files. The PDF file is secured and not intended for LMS use.

How is an inquiry unit different from a regular one? An inquiry unit opens with a single wonder-inducing question to focus your whole unit and tie back to each activity. Connecting learning back and forth this way makes learning "stickier" and more relevant for students.


This listing is for one license for regular, non-commercial classroom use by a single teacher only. Commercial use like online teaching (ex. Outschool) or sharing with other teachers (ex. shared drive, in a Facebook group, in a professional development training) is strictly prohibited.

By purchasing a license to this resource, you have access to all future updates at no cost, available under “My Purchases." Multiple and transferable licenses are available for purchase. PDF files are uneditable, other files have editing abilities, unless otherwise stated. All files are protected under federal copyright laws.

Total Pages
66 PDF + 30 Google Slides pages + 10 PPT Slides
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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