Learning area 2: Challenging Stereotypes and Discrimination

Six powerful and eyeopening lessons provide scholars with activities designed to challenge stereotypes and discrimination. The unit provides reading material with which pupils read and discuss. Grand conversations lead to physically squashing stereotypes by way of throwing out paper or popping a balloon. An activity asks participants to self reflect on experiences. Class members celebrate differences. Small groups role-play scenarios in practice for standing up for one's self and others. Question answering and a final discussion close the unit. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Send a letter to parents and guardians explaining the objectives of each activity, offer answers to any of their questions, and provide helpful tips to continue the learning process at home 
  • If applicable, invite the school's counselor to teach lessons with you to provide their professional advice 
  • Visit the library to locate and check out books that tell stories involving stereotypes and discrimination, invite class members to read them when time permits 
Classroom Considerations
  • The second of five resources introduces learning area two in which pupils examine stereotypes and discrimination 
  • Worksheets require printing and copies made 
  • Discussing topics may lead to a level of discomfort, be aware of those individuals, be prepared to steer the discussion in a more positive direction, and take necessary steps to ensure everyone's health and safety 
Pros
  • Activities offer flexibility with alternative approaches and extensions
  • Reinforces social and emotional learning concepts—social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making 
Cons
  • None