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Lessons

It's much easier to find an hour or two (or less) in which to teach than it is to find time
for a lengthy workshop. A lot can be accomplished in a little bit of time.

  • You can teach a lesson about living interculturally just by doing one of the "conversation starters" and then talking about the experience.
     

  • You could also look through the PIN workshops on the Training page. Working within a conference schedule, we usually have distinct sessions around a particular topic that you could pull out and use independently.
     

  • You could look online for lessons. There are many out there that deal with intercultural issues such as racism, white privilege, justice, oppression, and more.
    A few of them are listed below.

"Understanding Structural Racism" is a downloadable activity that aims to help participants delve deeper into analyzing racism and begin to learn how to use a structural racism lens. 

The "Drawbridge Exercise" explores how the realities of power, authority, and societal values influence our perceptions about how we see the world. (Caution: the morality tale that's used for the lesson has a dark ending!)

The "Invisible Knapsack" role play offers a light-hearted introduction to the concept of white privilege. 

"Traveling Cultural Diversity" is a large booklet that offers more material than you could possibly use.
(If you look through it, you'll see what I mean.) It has background information and source material on racism and diversity, it offers definitions, books to read, websites to explore, even a workshop outline. Section 2 opens with a list of 93 activities on diversity, 93 on anti-racism, 93 on intercultural learning, 90 on including diversity in youth work, plus activities on eight other topics! Then, for each exercise, they provide the aim, type of group, material needed, duration, and description. This is a huge and thorough resource!

For children...

Some wonderful age-appropriate material can be found online.

The anti-racism activity "The Sneetches" uses as it base the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The lesson plan describes it as an early grades activity (K-2, 3-5) in which "students learn about unfair practices in a simulation exercise and then create plans to stand up against discrimination."

The Institute for Humane Education, the same group that created several children's workshops
(see "Training"), also created some shorter lessons.

"Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged" - grades 4 & up, 20-30 minutes.

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? This activity uses props (or photos) to explore our snap perceptions of others.

"More Than a Label" - grades 9 & up, 90 minutes.

This activity inspires students to think about their own areas of bigotry, to identify how we develop our attitudes about others, and empowers them to take action to reduce bigotry in their own lives and in society.

"Where Are the People Like Me?" - grades 4-10, 45-60 minutes.

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity.