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Breaking Stereotypes. Tolerance lesson plan

Education System in Lithuania

Gargzdai Minija Progymnasium

Questionnaire about  stereotypes

Breaking Stereotypes. Tolerance lesson plan

Subjects: History, Geography,Russian, English

Grades: 6-8

Objectives: Students will:

  • learn the meaning of the wordstereotype;
  • work in groups to come up with stereotype statements;
  • discuss whether the statements are fair;
  • identify specific ways to break down stereotypes;
  • complete the questionnairE.

Lesson plan

I Introduction: a video related to Erasmus + project “Multicultural communication: breaking stereotypes” prepared by Stefanija Piaulokiene and Class 7 c students.


Video content: “It’s human nature to categorize people. It’s our way of making a complex world simpler. From an early age, we learn to place people and objects into categories. The less contact we have with a particular racial group, the more likely we are to have negative feelings about the group. Any negative experiences that we have with a member of a particular group will strengthen our racial stereotypes and create fears about particular races.


     Most stereotypes probably tend to convey a negative impression and negative stereotypes seem far more common. As a result, we miss opportunities to learn and thrive from our differences.


How to overcome our racial stereotypes? This can be achieved by first acknowledging that we’re human and that we do harbor racial stereotypes.We should follow it up with an alternative thought based on factual information that discounts the stereotype.As we gain more awareness and knowledge about racial groups, not only will our racial stereotypes lessen, but we will also become better equipped to educate and challenge others about their racial stereotypes. As we change ourselves, we can elicit changes in others through our examples and the quality of our conversations. In doing this, we work to create a society in which all races are valued, appreciated, and embraced.”


II What is astereotype?

The teacher writes the wordstereotypeon the chalkboard and asks the students if they know what the word means.


The dictionary definition of the word from the dictionary of foreIgn terms „Tarptautinių žodžių žodynas“ V.Bogušienė, A.Bendorienė, Vilnius “Alma litera“, 2008 defines the term this way:


noun:An overly simple picture or opinion of a person, group, or thing.It is a stereotype to say all old people are forgetful.


( Expansion of the lesson. The teacher can write on the chalkboard the following phrases:


All old people are forgetful. Men are better at math than women are. All blonds are unintelligent.


and give the students a few moments to consider those phrases. Then she asks them to share their reactions. She leads the students to the conclusion that the statements are too general to be true; encourage them to recognize that it is unfair to make such sweeping statements and helps her students make the connection between the phrases and the term stereotype.)

III Students‘ activity.

The teacher splits her students into small 3-4 people brainstorming groups and asks them to come up with additional stereotypes they might have heard about their country, people or thought about. Tells them to write on a sentence strips 6-10 of the most interesting stereotypes and instructs students to write large and bold. 6-7 minutes later the teacher brings the class back together so they can share their ideas. Some stereotypes that students might have thought of include:

  • Young kids are noisy.
  • People who wear glasses are smart.
  • Poor people are lazy.
  • Women are better cooks than men.
  • Girls are not as athletic as boys.
  • Indians live on reservations.
  • All doctors are rich.
  • All tall people are good basketball players

IV Breakin Stereotypes 

The teacher calls students holding sentence strips to come one at a time to the front of the classroom. Have each student read aloud the statement on his or her strip and to hold the strip up for classmates to see. The teacher holds up a balloon as the strip holder calls on classmates to refute the stereotype on the strip. Once satisfied that the stereotype has been blasted, the teachers popsthe balloon.

V Questinnaire completion

Each student is given a questionnaire paper on the stereotypes to complete it.

VI Conclusion

Ask students to share how they felt about the lesson. What did they learn? Were there times during the lesson when they felt angry or sad?



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