Lesson Plan

Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Supporting Social Border Crossings

This Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Supporting Social Border Crossings lesson plan also includes:

A lunch-time activity encourages pupils to step out of their usual lunch bunch and connect with someone new. To begin, individuals examine a group photograph and identify what they believe is the gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation of each of the young people in the picture. They then discuss their responses in groups, craft a caption for the photo, and share their work with the rest of the class. To conclude, class members commit to cross social borders and reach out to someone new at lunch.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Conclude the activity by asking individuals to journal about what their responses reveal about the assumptions they made about the people in the photograph
  • Create a poster-size version of the photograph and laminate it to permit re-use
Classroom Considerations
  • The third in a series of 12 related lessons
  • The Mix It Up event presumes the school has a cafeteria, however, the event could also be organized in a centralized outdoor eating area
Pros
  • The discussion of the photo encourages individuals to examine their underlying assumptions and pre-conceived notions
Cons
  • None