Diversity Lesson Katie Bornhorst, Kristen Race, Meghen Sanders, & Andy Wheeler Table of Contents

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Diversity Lesson

  • Katie Bornhorst, Kristen Race, Meghen Sanders, & Andy Wheeler

Table of Contents

  • General Diversity
  • Teaching Resources
  • Age
  • Belief System/Religion
  • Class
  • Exceptionalities
  • Disabilities
  • Gender
  • Language
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Sexual Orientation

Diversity Awareness & Tolerance

  • Sophomore English

General Diversity Websites

  • 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/
  • Diversity
  • http://www.crh.noaa.
  • gov/diversity/diversity.htm

General Diversity Activities

  • 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.

Teaching Resources Websites

  • 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
  • http://webhome.idirect.com/
  • ~mccann/index.html
  • AARP
  • http://www.aarp.org/

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
  • http://www.lepg.org/classes.htm
  • Socialization
  • http://www.tamu.edu/socdept/
  • faculty/rschaf/5SOCIALI.htm
  • National Coalition for the Homeless http://www.nationalhomeless.org/
  • Social Class
  • http://www.
  • scholars.nus.edu.sg/victorian/

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
  • http://www.nfgcc.org/
  • 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

  • LDOnlline
  • http://www.ldonline.org/
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • http://www.ncld.org/
  • Children with Disabilities http://www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org/
  • Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities http://www.c-c-d.org/
  • AAPD
  • http://www.aapd.com/

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
  • DiversityInc.com
  • http://www.diversityinc.com/
  • 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.

Sexual Orientation Diversity Websites

  • 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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