The “R” Word

At the root of every case of discrimination is simple ignorance. Instruct class members to not only become aware of the plights of others, but of the levels of their own ignorance, with an activity and discussion about cultural and ability differences and the way we talk about them.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Design a jigsaw activity in which members of groups of four each watch one of the assigned videos, then return to their groups to teach them about what they have learned
  • Prompt class members to write about a time they were discriminated against due to their cultural background, or a time someone they know experienced discrimination
Classroom Considerations
  • The first part of a four-part unit on understanding and tolerance
  • Discusses controversial terms for people with disabilities; be sure that your class can demonstrate maturity when participating in discussions with sensitive subject matter
Pros
  • Strengthens a supportive classroom community
  • Provides instructional tips for learners with diverse needs
Cons
  • None
Common Core