Discrimination Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will discuss the issue of discrimination. After a deep analysis of an informational text, they will apply their knowledge to a writing prompt. The lesson plan ends with students coming up with solutions that they can execute in their own lives.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a text about discrimination to draw conclusions that can be applied to real-world contexts
  • Write a narrative from the perspective of someone in an unfamiliar discriminated group
  • Generate ideas about fighting against discrimination


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


  • Multiple copies of Discrimination: Lesson for Kids
  • Highlighters (one per student)
  • Blank writing paper
  • Chart paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Multiple copies of the quiz (one per student)

Lesson Instructions

  • Distribute copies of the text and highlighters to students. Students will read the text silently. While reading, they will highlight parts of the text that stand out to them. It is best if students read the lesson at least twice: the first time is a cold read and they will use the highlighters during the second reading.
  • Divide students into small groups. In the group, students will take turns sharing the 'Three Levels of Text':
    • Level 1: Read aloud a section of the text that they highlighted.
    • Level 2: Share their thoughts about the passage.
    • Level 3: Share how they relate the highlighted section of the text to their own life.
  • Each student will have about three minutes to share while the rest of the students will have about three minutes to respond.
  • Have students take the quiz to demonstrate mastery.

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