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Objective: Students will be able to differentiate between prejudice and an ISM

Day 1: Today’s lesson was lit!!!!! 📚

I started by asking students what they thought prejudice might mean and then explained the difference between prejudice and an ism, providing some examples. We then discussed the difference between them to check for understanding


Next, we read the book “Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed and talked about what “isms” they might’ve noticed in the book.


As a class we went on the explicitly define racism/sexism/heterosexism together. Student had input in which wording they preferred to help them remember. A lot of this conversation was set up by our previous conversations on racism and sexism. We hadn’t learned history about heterosexism so their examples are less focused on that. Note that there is space on the bottom to add heterosexism when we learn about Stonewall later!


We took a brain break and watched a clip of Mae Jemison featured in Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History on Netflix. (29:32-32:28 in case you’re wondering)


Then we talked about more examples that they’ve learned in school. Students referenced MLK, Rosa Parks, and Malala...which lead us to review the Malala page in “Rad Women Worldwide” by Kate Schatz.


We took another brain break and watched the Frederick Douglas and Josephine Baker clips from Kevin Hart’s special and then started reading “Stonewall” by Rob Sanders. We will finish that tomorrow and learn about Marsha P. Johnson to really delve into heterosexism. And we will chart that! I'm really looking forward to seeing where this takes us!


Remember that this is social studies! All of these terms are used to understand nonfiction literature as well as famous moments/people in history (LGBTQ is included in California social studies framework). All this work is standards based!