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


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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.


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).


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


  • 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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