Diversity Lesson Katie Bornhorst, Kristen Race, Meghen Sanders, & Andy Wheeler Table of Contents
- Katie Bornhorst, Kristen Race, Meghen Sanders, & Andy Wheeler
Table of Contents
- General Diversity
- Teaching Resources
- Belief System/Religion
- Sexual Orientation
Diversity Awareness & Tolerance
- Center for Multicultural, Multilingual Research http://www.usc.edu/dept/education/CMMR/
- Diversity Works! http://www.non-trivial.com/f_div.htm
- Addressing Cultural Diversity Issues http://www.introspecinc.com/
- Diversity World http://www.diversityworld.com/
- Participate in the Respect Exercise to discuss your views on respect in the classroom.
- Conduct a census to identify classsmates’ ancestral origins.
- Write a “Who Am I Poem” to express what is important about your identity.
- Have a discussion about the definitions of prejudice, racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.
- Discuss ways in which you were made to feel included or excluded in a particular situation.
- Promoting Recognition of Diversity http://prod.netfirms.com/index.htm
- Teaching Tolerance http://splcenter.org/teachingtolerance/tt-index.html
- Gentle Teaching http://www.gentleteaching.nl/
- The Faculty Connection http://www.facultyconnection.org/
- Multicultural Tools Activities Workbook http://www.hrpress-diversity.com/fieldboo.html
Teaching Resources Activities
- After reading the poem “Magic Carpet,” write about whether there was ever any part of your identity that you wanted to hide.
- After reading the poem “We Wear the Mask,” have a discussion about Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s underlying message.
- Have a discussion about society’s representation of females through the media.
- Fingerpaint to express your individuality and then compare pictures with classmates to illustrate diversity.
- Discuss how labels are created and how they affect students’ lives throughout their educational careers.
Age Diversity Websites
- Types of Age Discrimination http://website.lineone.net/~caade/dtypes.htm
- Child Rights http://www.unicef.org/pon95/chil0000.html
- National Resource Center for Youth Services http://www.nrcys.ou.edu/
- Teen Focus
Age Diversity Activities
- Discuss the controversial issues concerning child labor laws in the U.S. and less developed countries.
- Interview an elderly person to gain an insight as to how the world has changed.
- Conduct research and write a report about a social or health issue that affects the elderly.
- Conduct research to learn what rights students have as minors.
- Write a journal entry addressing how you envision the world to be
- when you are ninety
- and how you
- expect to be treated.
Belief System/Religion Diversity Websites
- Religion and Spirituality http://library.ppld.org/WebPicks/Admin/WebPicksByCategory.asp?keyword=Religion%20and%20Spirituality
- InfoTree http://infotree.library.ohiou.edu/bysubject/humanities/religion/
- ClayGate 200: Religion http://library.bendigo.latrobe.edu.au/irs/webcat/200.htm
- The Founding Fathers on Religion http://religion.aynrand.org/quotes.html
- Big Issue Ground http://thomasash.hypermart.net/politicsandsociety/peters-churchstateoverview.html
Belief System/Religion Diversity Activities
- Research one religion different from your own and write a five page paper.
- Write a narrative from the point of view of a member of your researched religion.
- Chose a teacher approved novel and write a brief paper explaining the role of religion.
- Make a picture collage of different dress, prayers, traditions, etc.
- Research a social or political issue and create arguments for at least three separate religions.
Class Diversity Websites
- Social Class Home Page http://www.spc.uchicago.edu/SocialClass/
- Social Classes
- National Coalition for the Homeless http://www.nationalhomeless.org/
- Social Class
Class Diversity Activities
- Categorize your favorite television shows based on the families’ socioeconomic status.
- Research and write a report on the caste system and its effects on nonwestern countries.
- Take a field trip to a soup kitchen to help prepare and serve meals.
- In a journal entry, list your most precious possessions and contrast how they would change if you could no longer afford them.
- Watch “Trading Places”
- and write about how the
- characters lives change in
- transition of the social classes.
Exceptionality Diversity Websites
- Resources for People with an Interest in Gifted Children
- VSG Enrichment http://www.vsg.edu.au/default.htm
- National Association for Gifted Children http://www.nagc.org/
- The National Foundation for
- Gifted and Creative Children
- Gifted and Talented Resources Home Page http://www.eskimo.com/~user/kids.html
Exceptionality Diversity Activities
- Explore the VSG website given above and investigate different courses and resources.
- Become pen pals with other talented and gifted students.
- Conduct a college hunt and share your discoveries with your classmates.
- Explore dual exceptionalities and brainstorm as a class the challenges these students must overcome.
- Conduct research, write to scholars, and create a hypothesis as to whether Shakespeare wrote his own plays. Be prepared to defend your statement!
Disability Diversity Websites
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Children with Disabilities http://www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org/
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities http://www.c-c-d.org/
Disability Diversity Activities
- Read through and discuss The Survival Guide for Teenagers with LD.
- Watch “The Mighty” and discuss how the boys help each other and what adversities they face.
- Practice using “People-First” language, acknowledging the person first and the disability second.
- Choose a specific disability and complete an independent research project.
- Tutor a student with a
- learning disability.
Gender Diversity Websites
- The Sexual Health Network http://www.sexualhealth.com/content/index.cfm?Topic+Gender%20Diversity
- Women’s Equity Resource Center http://www.edc.org/WomensEquity/Highlights/TAConference/geaware.htm
- Center for Health and Gender Equity http://www.genderhealth.org/
- Gender Equity in Education http://www.ed.gov/offices/ODS/g-equity.html
Gender Diversity Activities
- Answer the journal prompt: “If I had been born male/female. . .”
- Make a list of disadvantages and advantages of your gender. Be prepared to share.
- Watch the film “Free a Man to Flight: Women Soldiers of WWII.” Write a one page summary.
- Research and write a report on a woman in history, include biographies and contributions.
- Discuss media and peer pressure about the ideal body image. Find magazine pictures of “preferred” images.
Language Diversity Websites
- The Nonverbal Dictionary http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/diction1.htm
- Language Translation Portal http://babblefish.com/babblefish/
- Jay Allen’s Toons and Jokes http://home.earthlink.net/~jayallentoons/english.htm
- Learn a Foreign Language http://www.lifeintheusa.com/community/tenant.htm
- Anatomy of the English-Only Movement http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JWCRAWFORD/anatomy.htm
Language Diversity Activities
- After viewing “Monsoon Wedding,” complete a journal entry discussing the phenomenon of code-switching.
- Use the previously mentioned websites to find your name in three different languages.
- After observing classmates for a week, discuss what type of body language was used.
- Find a word in the dictionary with a foreign origin. Use a PC interactive dictionary to determine where this word came from and how we came to use it today.
- Interview a speaker of a foreign language.
Race/Ethnicity Diversity Websites
- Countrywatch.com http://www.countrywatch.com/cw_regions.asp?REGION=1
- K-12 Electronic Guide for African Resources on the Internet http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/AFR_GIDE.html
- U.S. Department of Affairs: African Issues http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/af/
- African American Holidays http://community-2.webtv.net/NitaRobinson/AMostExcellent/page2.html
- Alan Paton Center http://unp.az.za/UNPDepartments/library/paton/ahome.htm
Race/Ethnicity Diversity Activities
- Take the Multicultural Awareness quiz
- Answer key questions about Alan Paton and Cry, the Beloved Country.
- Complete the handout entitled Circle of My Multicultural Self.
- Read and compare multicultural and American folktales.
- Complete a journal entry, reflecting on your views about multicultural diversity.
- Fighting Homophobia Discrimination http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~program/harass.html
- Human Rights Act http://nz.com/NZ/Queer/human.rights.sexual.orientation.html
- Sexual Orientation Among Male-to-Female Transsexuals http://members.tripod.com/~terrim/ORIENT.htm
- Ring of Friends Home Page http://members.aol.com/Horsemom2/CB.html
- Protection of Lesgay Students http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_stud.htm
Sexual Orientation Diversity Activities
- Watch and discuss a documentary on hate crimes created by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.
- Create questions and conduct an anonymous survey to determine the school’s overall opinion about sexual orientation.
- Develop school laws to protect homosexuals and bisexuals from violence and harassment.
- Research and compare laws pertaining to homosexuality in the U.S. and other countries.
- Discuss sexual stereotypes
- in the media and their
- effects on viewers’ judgments.
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