This is a comprehensive lesson for any unit that deals with social injustice based upon stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination (or racism, specifically). It was originally designed to work for the novels, In the Heat of the Night (by John Ball), To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee), and The Chrysalids (by John Wyndham). That said, any English novel, short story, or socials unit that deals with social justice or current events would be well-suited for this lesson.
At the end of this lesson delivery, students will begin work on their stereotype projects, and will later present them to the class. Most students have great fun with this, as they like to play around with stereotypes they encounter everyday.
Contents of the zipped file you will download:
- Thirty-page slide editable PowerPoint presentation. This PowerPoint takes you through the lesson step-by-step and shouldn't require much, if any, tailoring. There are several examples, both for definitions and examples for student-created posters which meet all the learning outcomes. (Note: While the Presentation contains 30 slides, some slides are more accurately "transition slides," so a fairer description would be 20 slides of valuable content.)
- One-page (MS Word) lyric sheet to a stereotype poem (along with video link to watch/listen online in class via YouTube).
- Two-page (MS Word) pre- (or during) reading survey, asking students to identity and distinguish between instances of stereotyping, prejudice, and racism. (This sheet is adapted from a survey that is freely available on the Internet.)
- One-page (MS Word) with two summative rubrics: (1) for a poster project illustrating various stereotypes that are present in students' lives; (2) oral presentation rubric.
Total: 34 pages, thought I would say that it would be more accurately described as 24 "high-content" pages. (While the preview is a PowerPoint of PDFs, the purchased product is fully editable to suit your tastes should you wish to makes changes.)