Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Subject:
Education, English Language Arts, Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Tags:
  • Community Influence
  • Epic
  • Erskine
  • Inclusion
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Break Down Barriers

    Break Down Barriers

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner to help break down barriers. Students will explore the power of accepting others and connect what they learn to create an acceptance campaign.

    Lesson Overview

    Please adapt the lesson activity to fit your students' abilities and interests.

    Introduction

    In this lesson, students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner to help break down barriers. Students will explore the power of accepting others and connect what they learn to create an acceptance campaign.

    Video Clip 

    Acceptance from The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story (3:40)

    Grades 9 – 12

    Themes

    • Acceptance
    • Inclusion
    • Belonging

    Objectives

    During this lesson, students will:

    • Compare and contrast the differences and similarities of others to oneself to remove barriers. 
    • Create a presentation that promotes acceptance by celebrating student similarities and differences. 

    Essential Questioning

    Students should be able to answer these questions by the end of this lesson:

    • What does it mean to accept others?
    • How does learning about a person help you accept them?
    • How can you encourage your peers to accept others?

    Indiana Academic Standards

    INSS.SOCIOLOGY – COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL CHANGE 8.2

    • Examine various social influences that can lead to immediate and long-term changes.

    INSS.EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS – SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS 11-12.SE.17 CONNECTION

    • Demonstrate the ability to network with others through social awareness and cultural sensitivity.

    INSS.EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS – SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS 11-12.SE.4

    • Feel empowered to advocate on behalf of themselves and others.

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