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How Stereotype Threat Affects Us and What We Can Do

"How Stereotype Threat Affects Us and What We Can Do" is part of a video series on the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Author
Facing History and Ourselves
Grade Level
9-12

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Copyright © by Facing History and Ourselves. Reprinted by permission of Facing History and Ourselves. The series may be viewed in its entirety by visiting https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/video/how-stereotypes-affect-us-and-what-we-can-do
Text Dependent Questions
Question
Reread the first paragraph.
Explain what Dr. Claude Steele means when he says, “We have a lot of identities.”
Answer
He considers our gender to be its own identity, our race to be its own identity, our age to be its own identity and so on.
This means that each of us is the unique intersection of all our identities.
Question
Performance, as it is used in the first paragraph, means one’s actions. How does Dr. Steele say our identities can
affect our actions?
Answer
If we are in a situation where one of our identities is at risk of being negatively stereotyped, it can affect our
performance or how we might act.
Question
Reread the paragraph that begins, “However, and here’s the good news ... .”
How did the experimenters get women to score similarly to men on the standardized test?
Answer
They eliminated the stereotype threat that women don’t score as well as men on the standardized test prior to
the start of the test. In this way, women were not worried about confirming this stereotype, so they were free to
concentrate more fully on the test itself.
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