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Lessons

These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

“Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.”

60 LESSONS

Analyzing Gender Stereotypes in Media

This lesson helps students analyze and critique messages about gender that they get from various media. Students will focus on toys and toy advertisements, challenging themselves to think past what advertisements tell them about their gender identity.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Exploring Gender Stereotypes Through Role Plays

This lesson offers role plays and essential questions to guide students as they participate. Children have a chance to use creative, dramatic expression to consider not only the roots of gender stereotypes, but also their consequences and strategies for counteracting them.
Grade Level
K-2
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Action

Role Plays to Reduce Gender Stereotypes

This lesson offers role plays and essential questions to guide students as they participate. Children have a chance to use creative, dramatic expression to consider not only the roots of gender stereotypes, but also their consequences and strategies for counteracting them.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Action

Challenging Gender Stereotyping and Homophobia in Sports

This lesson discusses common characteristics and stereotypes that are associated with athletes.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Action

Gender Bias and Homophobia in Sports

This lesson discusses common characteristics and stereotypes that are associated with athletes.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Action

Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Stories

This lesson allows children to look at one or more picture books that counter gender stereotypes. After discussion of the book, children will engage in a creative writing activity geared to fostering individual identity and resisting social definitions of what and how a boy or girl “should” be.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice

Analyzing Health Disparities

This lesson helps students investigate the causes and impact of health disparities and challenges them to design solutions for positively impacting a health disparity in their own community.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Gender & Sexual Identity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
Justice

What are Gender Stereotypes?

In this lesson, students will think about characteristics they ascribe to either boys or girls. They will learn about the idea of “stereotypes” and will consider whether gender stereotypes are fair or unfair. They will also discuss how it feels to not conform to socially defined gender norms.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Justice