Ethnocentrism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

With this lesson plan, you can introduce your students to the topic of ethnocentrism. An informative video lesson will define the term and discuss its characteristics and drawbacks. Students will then participate in a research/presentation activity to explore real-life examples of ethnocentrism in society.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define ethnocentrism.
  • describe how cultural perception is shaped.
  • discuss drawbacks of ethnocentrism.


60 minutes; Extension (optional) 30 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Computers with Internet connectivity
  • Presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to guess the meaning of ethnocentrism.
  • Allow students to respond, then explain that this lesson will define ethnocentrism and discuss examples and drawbacks.
  • Begin the Ethnocentrism in Sociology: Definition & Examples video, pausing at 01:23 to discuss the following:
    • Based on the video, who shapes our perception?
    • Define ethnocentrism.
  • Play the remainder of the video, then pair students and have them identify the advantages of showing confidence in one's culture vs. the drawbacks of ethnocentrism.
  • Allow students to share their responses.
  • Afterwards show the lesson quiz and ask students to write down the answer, then review.

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