Diversity Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students understand the meaning of diversity? A video lesson defines the term while an in-class activity gives it personal meaning. Related lessons and extensions are provided should you require ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'diversity'
  • identify examples of diversity
  • analyze diversity within the class using various identifiers


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Key Vocabulary

  • Diversity
  • Visible diversity
  • Invisible diversity


  • Begin by writing the term 'diversity' on the board.
  • Now ask students to take out a sheet of paper and write their definition of 'diversity' on it.
  • When all students have come up with a definition for 'diversity,' have them share them with the class as you write key points on the board.
  • Now play the video lesson What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning, pausing at 00:43.
  • How did the class do with their definitions? Discuss this briefly.
  • Now play the rest of the video lesson for the class.

Discussion Questions

  • Is our town diverse?
  • What benefits does diversity bring?
  • Are there any downsides to diversity?

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