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Rahel Tesfaledet: Lesson Plan on Race, Racism, Prejudice, and Human Equality 


Rahel T.


November 9th 2021

Introductory Activity: Teacher will write the words: race, racism, predjudice, and human equality on the board.

Teacher: “Today we are going to discuss what these words mean. Can anyone tell me what they know about these words, and when or where you have heard of them?

Record student responses on the board under each word.

Teacher: (Write definitions on the board and say)” These are all good responses, so race is related to our skin color, physical features and cultural background. Racism is when people do not like each other or think they are better then someone else because of the color of their skin, how they look, and cultural background.Prejudice is when you think and feel something about a person before you even get to know or talk to them. Human equality means that all people in this world are the same and it does not matter what color their skin is, how they look, what they wear, how they speak, where they live, what their name is, what language they speak, what religion they are, and how much money they have. All of these words exist in the world, but which belief should we follow?”

Allow for time for class to respond.

Teacher: “We need to know that if we want to make many friends in the world, in the class and in the school, and have people respect and treat us well, we have to respect and treat all people equally as well. We are all friends, no matter how we look like or where we come from, so that means we believe in human equality!”

Show students 3 different types of apples and say their names: 1. Granny smith 2. Red Gala 3. Mactintosh

Teacher: “What is different between these apples?”
Students might respond: size or color.
Teacher: “ Yes, the shape, size, and colors are different. Does anyone know why apples can look different?
Students might repond: They come from different trees or it is a part of nature.
Teacher: “These are all good answers. Now I’m going to cutt all 3 apples In half, can anyone tell me what these apples will look like on the inside? Will they all look different or the same?”

Allow for class to respond.

Teacher: “Let’s find out!”. Cut apples in half and show class the insides. “Can someone tell me what we have discovered?”.

Allow for class to respond.

Teacher: “Great answers class! Apples, just like humans, come in different colors, shapes, sizes, and look different on the outside. On the inside, apples just like humans, look the same. Eventhough, apples look different, have different names andtastes, they are all called ‘apples’ and are part of the apple family. This is the same for humans, we all come in different skin colors, look different on the outside, and have different names, but we are all called humans, and are part of the human family"

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