Responding To Prejudice

Educational Objective: The student will react appropriately to others when racial slurs or prejudicial treatment is occurring.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing related to stories

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm movies or recent events in which prejudice was a theme.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
• Model the Skill

1. Understand that discrimination and harassment is illegal in the United States.
People are protected from acts of prejudice by race, beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
2. Students should understand the definitions of hate crimes...and how easily a simple malicious act can have a very serious consequence.
3. Students should report acts of prejudice to a school authority or grown-up family member.

• Closely supervised classroom discussion
• Applications: Events in real life in which prejudice has been a factor
• Independent Uses

Role Plays Not Recommended for this Social Skill

See "How to Fight Prejudice" by the American Psychological Association

Other Standards Address in Lesson:

6th Grade
Reading Standards
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings.
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations
Writing Strategies
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g. personal letter, poem or narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas.
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Reading Standards
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials.
3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through thoughts, words and speech patterns.
Writing Strategies
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Reading Standards
1.1 Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g. place, time, customs) to the mood, tone and meaning of text.
Writing Strategies
2.1 Write a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using well chosen details.
2.5 Present information purposely and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.