What happens when one or two members of the friendship group control the others, or when these leaders are the only ones who can allow or forbid other people entry into the group? This is when a friendship circle becomes a clique. Cliques are rampant in schools across the country today. Every adolescent is familiar with the “classic” cliques and their nicknames, as epitomized in countless teen movies: jocks, preps, geeks, nerds.
In this lesson, students will examine the cliques within their school community. They will also explore ways to integrate the student body and form relationships across, and in spite of, controlling cliques.
This classroom activity was designed in support of the Mix It Up program. For additional activity ideas, visit www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/activity.
- Boundary Crossing Students explore the barriers that exist in their school community.
- Examining Your School’s Climate Teachers and students examine the social divisions and alliances at their school.