Middle School Student Leaders Bring Back Inclusion Lessons
Thirteen seventh and eighth graders attended a Middle School Diversity Leadership Conference “Stand Up; Speak Out! Speak Up; Stand Out! – Empowering and Preparing Middle School Students to Lead” in November with about 175 students from various DC and Virginia schools. At the conference, one of topic students discussed was ways that people are stereotyped and mistreated. The Collegaite Middle School students helped create a lesson on this topic that was incoporated into the MS advisory curriculum in January.
This is their Lesson Plan:
Discuss: What is a stereotype?
An oversimplified generalization about a person or group of people without regard for individual differences. Even seemingly positive stereotypes that link a person or group to a specific positive trait can have negative consequences.
What kind of stereotypes do we hold?
Where do you hear people making stereotypes?
What kinds of stereotypes to people hold about students who attend Collegiate?
How can a positive stereotype have negative consequences?
How do you feel when people make a stereotype about you or your family?
What do you say in response to stereotypes?
When you think about stereotyping, where do you want to have a voice? What’s important to you?
Respond to one of these statements about the way in which you might confront a stereotype:
1. I stand up when
2. I speak out when
3. I speak up when
4. I stand out when
Some teachers and students created displays out of their answers.