Stereotypes 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.

Are your students stereotyping others? A video lesson explains what this means and an activity allows students to examine some documented cases. Extras in the form of related lessons and class extensions are included to take this topic further.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • define stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination
  • analyze examples of stereotyping in their own lives
  • summarize documented cases of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Several photographs of people who look different from one another in terms of ethnicity, race, clothing, etc.

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

Key vocabulary

  • Stereotyping
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination


  • Begin by showing the students the photos.
  • Ask the class to write down three descriptive words they would use to describe each person.
  • When each of the students in the class has a list of three words to describe each of the individuals in the photographs, have them share them with the class for discussion. What were there reasons for selecting those words? What were they basing their words on?
  • Now play the video lesson Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples, pausing at 2:13.
  • Revisit the students' lists of words now. How many stereotypes can be identified? Which are positive and which are negative?
  • Now play the video lesson again and pause at 3:10.
  • Once again, ask students to take a look at their lists. Can they spot examples of prejudice? Which are negative and which are positive?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class now.

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