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.

35 Lessons in Chapter 9: Sociology Lesson Plans
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.

Language Lesson Plan

2. 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.

Movies for Sociology Class

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Peace Lesson Plan

7. 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.

Social Development Theory Lesson Plan

8. 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.

Globalization Lesson Plan

9. 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.

Cultural Diversity Lesson Plan

10. 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.

Cultural Diffusion Lesson Plan

11. 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.

Collective Consciousness Lesson Plan

12. 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.

Cultural Artifacts Lesson Plan

13. 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.

Social Stratification Lesson Plan

14. 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.

Division of Labor Lesson Plan

15. 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.

Pop Culture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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.

Hatupatu and the Birdwoman Activities

29. Hatupatu and the Birdwoman Activities

Hatupatu is a figure from Maori legends. With these activities, students will explore and interact with one of Hatupatu's most famous legends, his escape from the Birdwoman.

Including Samuel Discussion Questions

30. Including Samuel Discussion Questions

'Including Samuel' is a documentary by photojournalist Dan Habib about his own experience learning about inclusion of his son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy. This asset provides discussion questions for classrooms about the film.

Social Justice Discussion Questions

31. Social Justice Discussion Questions

Social justice, or treating people fairly based on socioeconomic and cultural factors, connects to the political, religious, economic and social aspects of society. Use this guide to discuss social justice with your high school students.

Left Neglected Discussion Questions

32. Left Neglected Discussion Questions

''Left Neglected'' is a novel by Lisa Genova about relationships, neglect, and life with a medical condition. These questions can help guide your students through a discussion on these ideas and the major themes of the novel.

The Souls of Black Folk Discussion Questions

33. The Souls of Black Folk Discussion Questions

'The Souls of Black Folk' is an important work published by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903. Use these discussion questions with your high school students after reading the book.

Whistling Vivaldi Discussion Questions

34. Whistling Vivaldi Discussion Questions

These questions can help you to guide your students through a discussion about Claude Steele's 'Whistling Vivaldi' as students examine Steele's arguments about stereotypes and society.

Teaching Critical Theory

35. Teaching Critical Theory

Critical theory is a philosophical perspective of cultural liberation that was developed by the Frankfurt School. This lesson plan contains ideas for teaching students about the history behind this theory.

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