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Title: Resource Unit Diversity

Resource Unit - Diversity
  • By Isabel Drees-Edmondson
  • ED 417 Summer 2001
  • Dr. Ronald G. Helms

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Content
  • Objectives
  • Activities
  • Evaluation
  • Instructional Resources
  • Teacher References
  • Student References
  • Media References

  • The experience of communicating in every day
    situations is influenced by a persons ability to
    function and interact with others. Today
    communication and interaction are hindered by
    prejudice, social bias, socioeconomic status, and
    many other factors. People tend to be afraid of
    the unknown, anything outside the norm or
    majority culture. These hindrances occur in any
    environment. The most influential environment is
    the classroom.

  • Teachers have the opportunity, and possibly the
    responsibility, to engage students in thinking
    and viewing diversity not as hindrances, but as
    helps. What I mean when I say helps I mean
    that students are exposed to different cultures
    and are educated about disabilities. They become
    more open contributing citizens. They become
    more open to other cultures and learn not to be
    afraid of minority cultures and people with
  • This unit has been developed to introduce
    students to new worlds, cultures and allow
    students to be aware of disabilities.

  • This unit is prepared for third grade students
    and can be modified in order to make it
    appropriate for older or younger students. This
    is a five day unit. Because of the length of the
    unit, it will only be an introduction rather than
    in-depth coverage of the material.

  • Day One - Differences
  • On the first day the unit will be introduced. In
    a class discussion we will talk about our
    similarities and differences. The teacher will
    allow students to ask questions as well. The
    teachers goal is to engage the students to
    discover that despite obvious differences in
    appearance, hobbies, and tastes in food, they
    have much in common and share the same feelings
    and needs. Students will write about what we
    discuss in class

  • Day two - Prejudice
  • On the second day the students will learn about
    racial prejudice, stereotyping, sexual bias, and
    other negatives. The goal is to get students to
    understand the results of these things. Ultimate
    goal is to help them build tolerance and help
    students overcome hurtful behaviors. Students
    will then watch video called How Were Different
    and Alike - a comical program that shows how
    prejudice springs from misunderstanding and fear
    and can be overcome if we take time to understand
    why differences exist.

  • Day three - Diversity
  • On day three the students will be introduced to
    other ethnic groups around the world. Students
    will watch a fifty minute video that will show
    the students that differences are things to
    cherish. For homework, the students will choose
    a country and write a simple report giving facts
    about the country that are different from the
    United States.

  • Day four - Presentations
  • On day four, students will present what they have
    written about the country they chose. When all
    students have presented, they will have free
    reading time to look at the many library books on
    diversity provided by the teacher.

  • Day five - Evaluation
  • On the fifth day the students will be given a
    paper and pencil quiz covering material. The
    test will consist of multiple choice questions
    and objective questions.

  • Ethnic
  • Diversity
  • Multicultural
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Differences
  • Similarities
  • Disability

Objectives - As a result of instruction, students
  • Identify similarities and differences between
    them and their classmates.
  • Identify the terms listed under concepts.
  • Present research theyve done on a chosen country
    to the class
  • Identify situations depicting prejudice
  • Observe videos enhancing knowledge of diversity
    and prejudice

  • Day one -
  • Introduction The teacher will introduce the
    unit the students.
  • Outcome The students are introduced to the
    unit. They will discuss differences and
    similarities and write a reaction in their
    journals about the discussion.
  • Development Minimal resources are needed. The
    class does not need to be set up. The teacher
    will ask the students if they can identify
    something about her that is different from them.
    She will then ask them to identify something that
    is similar. Students and teacher will engage in
    a discussion about these differences and
    similarities focusing on appearance, hobbies,
    tastes in food, etc.

  • Day two -
  • Introduction The students will be introduced to
    the effects of prejudice and other negatives.
  • Outcome The students become familiar with
    different situations of prejudice on different
  • Development The teacher tells the students
    that they will be watching a video about
    prejudice, stereotyping, sexual bias, and other
    negatives. The teacher will then begin the
    video. Since the video is only ten minutes, the
    students will be asked to give examples of times
    they have experience prejudice and how it made
    them feel.

  • Day three -
  • Introduction The students will be introduced to
    many other Ethnic cultures around the world.
  • Outcome The students become familiar with other
    cultures by watching 50 minute video
  • Development The teacher asks the students if
    any have traveled to other countries. She then
    asks them what country they would like to visit.
    She then introduces the video. The teacher then
    assigns the homework. Students are to choose a
    country of choice. They are not to tell anyone
    which country they have chosen. They need to
    find as much information they can about their
    country that is different from the United States.
    The students then watch the video. Since the
    video is so long, the students will be engaged
    for the rest of the class period.

  • Day four -
  • Introduction Teacher will present the
    information she has found on the country she
  • Outcome Students sharpen their presentation
    skills by presenting their research on the
    country they chose.
  • Development Teacher brings class attention to
    her at the beginning of class and reviews the
    video the class viewed the day before. She asks
    students what they liked best about the movie and
    what they didnt like. After a brief discussion
    about the movies the students begin
    presentations. The teacher wraps it up at the
    end of class.

  • Day five -
  • Students will be evaluated on their comprehension
    of the material presented during the unit. See
    the evaluation on the next page.

  • 1. When someone makes a wrong judgement or
    opinion about you it is called______.
  • A. Process
  • B. Court ruling
  • C. Prejudice
  • D. Diversity

  • 2. Susie is from India. What is the word that
    describes her background?
  • A. friendly
  • B. Multicultural
  • C. Society
  • D. Ethnicity

  • 3. Diversity means_______.
  • A. The same
  • B. Changing
  • C. Discrimination
  • D. Variety

  • 4. Kaylas favorite food is pizza. Mias
    favorite food is rice. Kayla likes to play
    kickball. Mia likes to ride her bike. We have
    just described Kayla and Mias __________.
  • A. Differences
  • B. Similarities
  • C. Holidays
  • D. Prejudice

  • 5. When someone will not play with you because
    you are not a boy or you are not a girl, they are
    showing __________.
  • A. Diversity
  • B. Love
  • C. Discrimination
  • D. Similarities

  • 6. Similarities are things that are _______.
  • A. Different
  • B. the same
  • C. Changing
  • D. Reproduced

  • 7. A physical or mental impairment is a _______.
  • A. Sickness
  • B. Problem
  • C. Disability
  • D. Racist

  • True / False
  • 1. Racism is a good thing
  • 2. It hurts people when I call them a bad name
    or make fun of them.
  • 3. Kelly and Greg live in a city called the
    Bronx in New York. They both like to play in the
    park. These are some similarities.
  • 4. It is ok to beat someone up because of what
    they are wearing.

  • Write four sentences about the country you chose.
    Tell me what you learned about it.
  • Tell me about a time when you felt hurt because
    of what someone said or did. Use two to three

Instructional Resources
  • Teacher References
  • Student References
  • Media References

Teacher References
1. A Trip Around the World Bringing Cultural
Awareness to Your Classroom With Activities
Across the Curriculum - Reproducible Activity
Book Carson-Dellosa 1993 This resource takes
primary children on activity-filled field trips
to Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Germany, The
Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan,
Australia, Canada, and the United States 2. The
Prejudice Book Activities for the Classroom -
Activities on reproducible pages Anti-Defamation
League 1994. This exercise-filled book employs a
two-pronged approach to teaching about prejudice
and discrimination. 3. Teacher, They called Me a
______! Anti-Defamation League 1995 This focuses
on racial prejudice, stereotyping, sexual bias,
and other negative attitudes. It provides 86
subject-related activities to build tolerance and
help children overcome hurtful behaviors. 4.
Appreciating Differences Multicultural Thematic
Units Teaching and Learning Company 1995 The 30
plus lessons in this book offer a variety of
whole-class activities encouraging students to
value the worth, contributions, and differences
of others.
Student References
1. Hispanic Heritage Poster Series -
Posters Knowledge unlimited. 1989-97 Subtly
toned, full-colored drawings distinguish these 12
large posters depicting Hispanic people famous
for excellence in their fields. 2. E Pluribus
Unum - Posters Child Graphics. 1992 Expressing
its quiet message of racial harmony, this
delicately evocative poster shows 13 Americans of
multiethnic origins standing with the red and
white stripes of the flag. The Latin phrase
means one out of many. 3. Ethnic Charts - 6
Charts Good Apple.1997 Full color charts
introduce students to the cultures of 6 different
groups. They feature photos and illustrations of
well-known members of each ethnic group. 4. Kids
Exploring Culture - Hardbacks Powerkids.
1997,1999 Each book tells about the daily life of
a child in a specific country or era.
5. Young Geography Series - paperback Usborne.
1998 Books use maps with keys, foldouts and
cutaways to present unique childs eye view of
geography. 6. Smoky Night - paperback Harcourt
Brace. 1994 This is a story about cats and people
who couldnt get along until a night of rioting
brings them together. It is a story about a
little boy, his mother, and two missing cats. 7.
Cultural Rainbow Posters/ Banner An American
Alphabet Knowledge Unlimited. 1995 Banner
providing a stunning display of 26 brilliant
photographs of collections of artifacts,
clothing, food, works of art, and from a variety
of ethnic backgrounds 8. My First Amazing World
Explorer - CD-ROM Dorling Kindersley.
1998 Exercises offer an excellent way for younger
students to acquaint themselves with other
9. Count Your Way Through the World - 16
paperbacks Carolrhoda. 1988-1996 These
introductions to world cultures not only show
students how to count to ten in 16 different
languages they also feature distinctive and
colorful art for each numeral that illustrates a
cultural characteristic. 10. Wisdom Tales From
Around the World - paperback August House.
1997 These 50 tales teach lessons about common
sense and simple virtue featuring different
traditions from different cultures.
Media References
1. Understanding Hate Crimes A Service for
Jeremy - video Cambrigdge. 2000 Intense dramas
expose deep rifts in a high school reeling after
the death of 15 year old Jeremy Wong - murdered
for being gay. 2. The Possible Dream? -
video Convergent Media Systems. 1993 This
program gathers together a multiethnic group of
students and administrators from a high school
where a racially motivated fight breaks out. 3.
Names Can Really Hurt Us - Video Anti-Defamation
League Teenagers in an ethnically diverse New
York City junior high school talk about their
painful experiences as victims of bigotry, and
they also reveal their own prejudices and
stereotypes. 4. The Persistence of Racism The
Phil Donahue Show 1993 This program follows four
groups of teenagers as they confront their own
5. The Eye of the Storm - video ABC News. This
program is about a teacher who taught her third
graders about prejudice by dividing the class on
the basis of eye color. 6. Understanding
Prejudice - video Cambridge Educational.1996 Inte
rviews ten people who have very different points
of view, asking them how they define prejudice,
discrimination, and stereotype. 7. Prejudice
Answering Childrens Questions - video ABC News.
1991 Hosted by Peter Jennings, this childrens
forum presents young people voicing personal
experiences of prejudice against races. 8.
Valuing Diversity - video, guide Learning
Speed.1995 Designed to foster a realistic and
healthy appreciation of diversity, this program
covers learning that diversity means differences
that may stem from ethnicity, age, body type, or
9. Stand and Be Counted - video NBC News
Productions. 1989 Illustrates how teenagers can
make a difference by rejecting racism. It
depicts personal interviews, news footage, and
insightful commentary. 10. Crimes of Hate -
video Anti-Defamation League This program
defines crimes of hate and explains what
motivates hate terrorists and documents the
messages of the victims and the perpetrators of
hate crimes 11. The Writing on the Wall -
video CBS Schoolbreak Special - video Based on a
true event about a rabbi who teaches three
teenagers about tolerance. 12. Prejudice The
Monster Within - video Knowledge Unlimited.
1996 Alternating between historical perspectives
and the candid opinions of American teenagers,
this program defines prejudice, exposes bigotrys
horrifying extremes, and sensitizes viewers to
everyday prejudices.
13. A Class Divided - video PBS Frontline
Production. Explains the effect of an experiment
done by Jane Elliot at a prison facility. 14.
The Rosewood Massacre - video CBS.1994 Six
decades after the town of Rosewood was burned to
the ground and many of its residents killed in an
ugly 1923 racial clash, reporter Ed Bradley went
to Florida to interview survivors and get scoop
on what happened there. 15. Not in Our Town -
video The Working Group Heroes. 1995 Ideal
springboard for discussing prejudice and how to
fight it at the local level. 16. Why Cant We
Live Together? Dateline NBC - video NBC
News.1997 Tom Brokaw tests the reports on
Matteson, Illinois, an affluent, racially mixed
suburb of Chicago which is actively shopping for
white buyers in order to prevent the town from
tipping into black majority.
17. School Ties - video 1992 This drama raises
issues such as the price one is willing to pay in
order to belong, peer and societal pressures,
cheating in school, prejudice, and
anti-Semitism. 18. The Birth of A Nation -
video Offers a flawed and profoundly racist view
of the Civil War and Reconstruction, but remains
a fascinating primary source for studying
American social history. 19. Gentlemens
Agreement - video Fox Exposes anti-Semitism in
a direct way. A writer pretends he is Jewish
then watches his relations with each person he
knows change. 20. Under our Skin Exploring
Racial and Cultural Differences - video HRM.
1989 This entertaining and uplifting documentary
chronicles a student-created, student-staged play
in which young actors explore their experiences
in confronting stereotypes and prejudice and
empathize with people from different backgrounds.