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Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes. Students will watch a video and answer questions. Then, they will participate in a role-playing activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Analyze stereotyping
  • Correctly use vocabulary associated with diversity and discrimination

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

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).

Vocabulary

  • affiliation
  • discrimination
  • gender
  • institutional discrimination
  • prejudice
  • race
  • stereotypes

Materials

  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Index cards (prepared-see activity)
  • Tape

Video & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary words.
  • Watch Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples and pause at 1:05, then ask:
    • What are some different types of groups that people belong to?
  • Resume the video and pause at 2:14, then discuss:
    • What are some positive stereotypes?
    • What are some negative stereotypes?
  • Play the remainder of the video. Now, discuss:
    • What is the difference between prejudice and discrimination?
    • What are some examples of institutional discrimination?
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.

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