Six themes and questions for infusing anti-bias work into your teaching
While most teachers want to incorporate anti-bias and equity work into their curriculum, they often lack specific steps for designing units and planning lessons. These six theme/question pairings offer a roadmap. Learn more.
Six Online Lessons for integrating intersectional feminism into your teaching
In our 2021 Gender Equity Institute (conducted online because of Covid-19) six of our teachers taught online lessons (videos and interactive webinars) on our critical, anti-bias themes. Learn more.
Three Useful Definitions w/Scenarios: Institutional, Interpersonal & Internalized
Based on student-written scenarios, this is a lesson for teaching about the myriad ways sexism in particular can manifest. While it can be a good stand-alone lesson, teachers are advised to pair it with lessons exploring intersectional oppressions across, for instance, race, sexuality, and gender identity. Learn more.
Teaching Activism: How can I encourage my students to take feminism beyond the classroom?
Designed by Georgina Emerson for the feminism course she used to teach. This is a lesson designed to help students translate learning into thoughtful action. Learn more.
The Platinum Rule: Building Empathy & Curiosity in High School Classrooms
We do a lot of work with personal stories so I wanted to explore ways of being empathetic and understanding across a range of identities and experiences. This is a lesson that urges your students to explore the benefits and limitations of empathy. Learn more.
Friday Lesson Plans (Coming Fall 2021)
This is a free weekly resource, aimed at teachers of grades 7 to 12 in any subject. As with all of TaW's resources, we have gender in mind. But these lessons touch upon a wealth of intersectional material and you can use them in any class or advisory session.
How are the lessons organized?
Every lesson has the same format. The accompanying 10-minute video takes you through the slideshow.
- Warm up/thought-provoking write prompt (10 min)
- Discussion of cultural context (5 min)
- Close Reading + Discussion Activities (20 min)
- Ideas for further exploration, reflective writing, or casual discussion (15 min)
What materials do you provide?
We provide a lesson slides and 10-minute video that you can either watch before you teach or show directly to your students. To make things as easy as possible, we provide links or downloadable print-outs to any relevant readings or content.
When is the best time to teach these lessons?
We recommend Thursday or Friday: times when students are filled with information and seeking calm, thoughtful ways to engage with big ideas.
What makes these lessons great?
Think of these lessons as the stretching at the end of yoga class. You worked hard this week, now it's time to let the learning soak in with a lesson plan that
- unfurls slowly
- explores rich, nuanced material
- encourages discussion
- invites thoughtful silence
- strives to instill deep, long-term understandings in our students
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