Lesson Plans – Discrimination

A-B-C Diversity
Source: Advocacy for Youth
Addresses stereotyped thinking with reflective activities.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies

All Different, All Equal

Source: Council of Europe
Learning activities to promote diversity and intercultural education.
Grade Level: middle – high school, educators
Subject Area: social studies

Anti-Arab Stereotypes, Discrimination and Hate Crimes
Source: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Helps to recognize and dispel anti-Arab stereotypes and gain an appreciation for Arabic culture
Grade Level: middle – high school, educators
Subject Area: social studies

Brown vs. Board of Education and School Desegregation Teaching Resources
Elementary K-5   Middle School 6-8  
High School 9-12
Source: National Education Association
Teaching materials to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education.
Subject Area:  social studies, US History, language arts

Challenging Social Boundaries

Source: Learning to Give
Lessons define and examine stereotype, discrimination, and prejudice. Explores personal racial identity and social action plan to heal racism.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area:  social studies

The Declaration of Independence: Created Equal?
Source: Library of Congress
Focuses on a few key concepts of the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the phrase “All men are created equal.” Students gain an appreciation of Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to deal with the complex issues of equality and slavery in the Declaration of Independence. 
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area:  social studies, US History

Discrimination in the Workplace
Middle school  High school
Source: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Uses US civil rights law to evaluate case studies of discrimination in the workplace, especially against Arab-Americans.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies 

Human Rights and Service Learning
Source: Amnesty International USA
An introduction to human rights service learning with a lesson on discrimination and human rights.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, service learning

Japanese American Internment
Source: Library of Congress
Uses primary sources to explore a period in United States history when 120,000 Japanese Americans were evacuated from the West Coast and held in internment camps.
Grade Level: upper elementary
Subject Area:  social studies, US History 

Learning to Respect Each Other
Source: Discovery Education
Addresses racism and stereotyped thinking through the positive example of Martin Luther King.
Grade Level: K – 5
Subject Area: social studies, US History

Liberation Curriculum
Source: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Provides document-based lesson plans, online educational resources and professional development workshops regarding the modern African American Freedom Struggle and King’s vision of a just and peaceful world. Currently directed by Dr. Julie Henderson, this educational initiative seeks to transform the way young people learn about history by emphasizing the actions of ordinary people who made extraordinary contributions to liberation movements.
Grade Level: elementary – high school
Subject Area: social studies, US History

Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program
Source: Advocates for Youth
Lesson plans on topics such as Addressing Discrimination, Media Messages and Stereotypes, Gender Advantages and Disadvantages.
Grade Level: elementary – high school, educators
Subject Area: social studies

No Name-Calling Week
Elementary   Middle School   High School
Source: GLSEN
Lessons and activities for an all-school effort to stop verbal abuse, bullying, and discrimination.
Subject Area: all-school activities 

Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

Author: Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek (editors)
Publisher: Voice of Witness/McSweeney’s
For more than six decades, Israel and Palestine have been the global focal point of intractable conflict, one that has led to one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises. In their own words, men and women from the West Bank and Gaze describe how their lives have been shaped by the conflict. Their stories humanize the oft-ignored violations of human rights that occur daily in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Grade Level: middle school – college/adult
Subject Area: social studies 

Perspectives for a Diverse America
Source: Teaching Tolerance, 2014
A literacy-based curriculum that combines anti-bias  social justice content with Common Core literacy requirements. Offers professional development supports tools and practices that improve school climate.
Grade Level: elementary – high school, educators
Subject Area: social studies, all-school activities

Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit

Sources: GLSEN, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association for the Education of Young Children
A full curriculum of lessons focused on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity. Designed to be used as either standalone lessons or as part of a school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention program.
Grade Level: Elementary
Subject Area: all school activities

Six Activities Exploring Prejudice and Discrimination
Source: Institute for Humane Education
Lessons on topics such as prejudice, stereotyping, and racism with an emphasis on self-reflection and an examination of personal experience such as media representations.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies

Standing Up Against Discrimination
High school
Helps recognition of discrimination and explores ways to take action against it.
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Subject Area: social studies

Tolerance in Times of Trial
Source: PBS
Uses the treatment of citizens of Japanese and German ancestry during World War II as historical examples of ethnic conflict during times of trial. Examines contemporary examples of ethnic conflict, discrimination, and stereotyping at home and abroad.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, US history

What is Weight Bias?
Source: Anti-Defamation League
Examines bias against overweight and obese people, explores related facts, and addresses how to overcome this bias.
Grade Level: Middle school
Subject Area: social studies, all-school activity