Ch 9: Sociology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

You can use this guide as a way to develop effective sociology lessons for your classroom. We'll provide you with information on vital sociology topics as well as corresponding lesson plans and learning activities that you can use with your students.

Sociology Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Designed specifically for teachers who teach sociology classes, this chapter will provide you with a variety of ideas you can use when creating your lesson plan. Each of our lesson plans includes one of more lessons on major sociology topics that you can use you refresh your memory or share with your students. This course will help you create lesson plans on the following topics:

  • Social Darwinism
  • Social justice
  • Diversity
  • And more!

The lessons plans provide ideas for activities and games you can do with your students during class time. There are also suggestions for projects and homework assignments that you can have the students do on their own time.

How It Helps

  • Simplify sociology topics: Short video lessons will help simplify complex sociology topics, such as Social Darwinism, making them easy to integrate into your own lesson plans.
  • Student involvement: Use the suggested activities and discussion questions to help improve your students' comprehension of social justice.
  • Engaging videos: Use the illustrated videos to teach your students about topics like diversity and its importance in sociology.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning sociology lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific sociology topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your sociology class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related sociology lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important sociology concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant sociology-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 9: Sociology Lesson Plans
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Social Darwinism Lesson Plan

1. Social Darwinism Lesson Plan

While the term 'Social Darwinism' gets thrown around a great deal, it is important for your students to know exactly what it means. This lesson shows how Social Darwinism got its start not with Darwin, but with Herbert Spencer, and how it led to some of the worst actions in history.

Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism

2. Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism

Herbert Spencer was one of the leading sociologists of his time and was an influencer of the structural-functionalist perspective. Learn more about the man who coined the phrase 'survival of the fittest' and understand the positive and negative aspects of social Darwinism.

Language Lesson Plan

3. Language Lesson Plan

What counts as language? A video lesson explains this to students while an in class activity allows students to experience the power of language. Related lessons and extensions are also included for further instruction.

What Is Language?

4. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

Movies for Sociology Class

5. Movies for Sociology Class

Teaching students about sociology helps them to understand how people change in the context of the societies in which they live. However, simple lecture and discussion does not always create strong connections between the students and the materials. These movies geared toward the topics and concepts of sociology will help increase engagement.

Sociology Class Activities

6. Sociology Class Activities

Sociology helps students understand how society impacts behavior. Some of these concepts would certainly benefit from hands-on engagement. These activities help create that engagement for students.

Sociology Projects for High School Students

7. Sociology Projects for High School Students

Sociology is best studied by collecting data, and analyzing society directly. Students can get involved in this process through the application of sociology projects. Here are a few possible types of projects that might work for high school students.

Family Lesson Plan

8. Family Lesson Plan

Do your students know what type of family they have? A video lesson provides the basics and an activity gives students a chance to show what they've learned. Optional extras such as extensions and related lessons are included as well.

Family Systems: Definition and Types

9. Family Systems: Definition and Types

Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.

Peace Lesson Plan

10. Peace Lesson Plan

Teach your students aspects of peace and pacifism with this video-based lesson plan. Students will discuss inner peace and nonviolent activism, taking a look at pacifists through history.

Peace & Pacifist Views

11. Peace & Pacifist Views

Peace and pacifism are notable parts of our modern moral beliefs, but what exactly do these terms mean? Explore these ideas and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Social Development Theory Lesson Plan

12. Social Development Theory Lesson Plan

How can we explain social development in human beings? This lesson plan uses an insightful video lesson to help you do just that. Class discussion and an opportunity for analysis helps to make this a memorable lesson.

Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

13. Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

There are various theories on the social development of children. In this lesson, we will follow Sally as she meets with different psychologists, learning and differentiating between three of the most popular theories: psychoanalytic, social learning and attachment.

Globalization Lesson Plan

14. Globalization Lesson Plan

This lesson plan focuses on various aspects of globalization to help students understand it via an activity, discussion topics and questions, extension, reading, and homework.

What is Globalization? - Definition, Effects & Examples

15. What is Globalization? - Definition, Effects & Examples

Globalization is an emerging trend in business. Here you will learn the definition of globalization, examine its positive and negative effects, and be presented with real examples of globalization in the twenty-first century.

Cultural Diversity Lesson Plan

16. Cultural Diversity Lesson Plan

Cultural diversity is an important topic in modern society. This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to teach students about culture and an activity to assess the diversity present on campus.

Defining Cultural Diversity

17. Defining Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity exists in many countries around the world, but it can be challenging and, at times, problematic. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to define cultural diversity and explore some of the ways in which it influences society.

Cultural Diffusion Lesson Plan

18. Cultural Diffusion Lesson Plan

Have you ever wondered how a dance or phrase catches on and becomes popular between many different cultures? This lesson plan explores such a method called cultural diffusion. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, play a jeopardy style game and take a quiz.

Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

19. Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

In this lesson, we'll use the examples of viral videos, hip hop, and yoga to explore how culture is diffused and expanded. We'll also look at how the Internet impacts our understanding of popular culture.

Collective Consciousness Lesson Plan

20. Collective Consciousness Lesson Plan

What is collective consciousness and what role does society play in it? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline pivotal facts about Emile Durkheim's theory. An activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Collective Consciousness: Definition, Theory & Examples

21. Collective Consciousness: Definition, Theory & Examples

In this lesson, we'll review the concept of collective consciousness, developed by French sociologist Emile Durkheim. We'll talk about his ideas about how, exactly, members of societies share beliefs, values, and traditions to a large extent.

Cultural Artifacts Lesson Plan

22. Cultural Artifacts Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your students think like cultural historians. They will learn to examine objects and artifacts to infer cultural values before creating their own researched presentations for their classmates to analyze.

Understanding Culture by Studying Objects & Artifacts

23. Understanding Culture by Studying Objects & Artifacts

In this lesson we will analyze the way objects and artifacts reflect culture. We will identify popular cultural objects from the past, and see how they can be used as clues to interpret the culture of their time period.

Social Stratification Lesson Plan

24. Social Stratification Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will compare factors that contribute to their own social status and that influence their privilege. After watching an informative video lesson, students will look at these factors of social stratification through the lens of one of three social theories.

Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

25. Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

Social stratification refers to a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. Let's examine some of the theories surrounding this concept.

Division of Labor Lesson Plan

26. Division of Labor Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores division of labor, and its effects on the agricultural and industrial industry. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Division of Labor in Society: Definition, Theorists & Examples

27. Division of Labor in Society: Definition, Theorists & Examples

Division of labor is the separation of a work process into a number of tasks, with each task performed by a separate person or group. Learn more about the definition and history of this concept and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Pop Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Pop Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about pop culture with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that defines the term and explains the evolution of pop culture, then demonstrate understanding through play-acting, a quiz, and a creative writing activity.

Pop Culture: Lesson for Kids

29. Pop Culture: Lesson for Kids

Have you seen any great movies lately? Read a new book? Checked out popular fashions online? If you have, you have been looking into pop culture. Read on to find out what pop culture is and how it has changed over time.

Family Life Cycle Lesson Plan

30. Family Life Cycle Lesson Plan

Families are constantly changing as they move through different cycles. This lesson plan explains the family life cycle using a video lesson. An activity connects students with tangible examples of each phase of development.

American Class System Lesson Plan

31. American Class System Lesson Plan

Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students about the American class system. Students will identify the social classes, compare the American class system to a caste system, and create visual displays using related data.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory Lesson Plan

32. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory Lesson Plan

Observational learning is the focus of this lesson plan on social-cognitive learning theory. Students will discuss concepts and actively engage in the process of observational learning to solidify knowledge.

Ethnography Lesson Plan

33. Ethnography Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the goals, methods, and ethics of ethnography. They will apply this by conducting a brief ethnographic study of their own school.

Adoption Lesson Plan

34. Adoption Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about adoption and its impact on the child. Students will engage in collaborative discussion while reading an informational text and viewing a video. Students will create a poem to show what they have learned.

Communication Process Lesson Plan

35. Communication Process Lesson Plan

What steps are involved in the communication process? This lesson plan explores this question with the help of an engaging video lesson. A role-playing activity highlights key features of the communication process.

Overview of Sociology Lesson Plan

36. Overview of Sociology Lesson Plan

What is sociology and what types of social concepts are of interest within the field? This lesson plan summarizes the study and practice of sociology using a video lesson. An activity allows students to take a closer look at the study of sociology at the college level.

Types of Conflict Lesson Plan

37. Types of Conflict Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides activities to support instruction about conflict. By engaging in the activities in this lesson, students will learn about various types and causes of conflict.

Asking for Help Lesson Plan

38. Asking for Help Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides faculty in special education teacher preparation programs with activities to help future teachers learn about social stories. Students will learn about the benefits of social stories, read some examples of social stories, and create their own social stories to use with students.

Family Tradition Project Ideas

39. Family Tradition Project Ideas

Family traditions reflect the culture, background, and values of a family. These projects will provide students an opportunity to share their own traditions while learning about the traditions of others.

5th Grade Heritage Project Ideas

40. 5th Grade Heritage Project Ideas

Heritage projects can be entertaining and enriching for many students. These project ideas will give you several options for bringing this concept into your late-elementary classroom.

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