This exercise should run for about 30 minutes, but we recommend allowing for the flexibility to adapt to group dynamics and discussion.
This activity will help students to explore the shortcomings of social labels and engage in critical thinking to challenge snap judgements in the context of gender and social stereotypes. The first part of this activity will be completed individually. Afterwards there are follow-up questions to spark group discussion.
You’ll just need a copy of the ‘four people, four lives” worksheet (which you can access here) for each student. Or, use a projector to display and adapt the activity for the class to complete together.
Give every student a handout and explain that their task is to match each statement to an image by writing the number of the image next to the statement – make sure they know that each of the statements is actually written by one of the people pictured and is true. They should only need a couple of minutes for this task. Once the students have matched the statements to one photo, tell them you will read the true captions written by each of the people in these images:
The true pairings are as follows:
Photo #1: Hi I’m Mim. I play forward flank for my football team, the Morphettville Roos in Adelaide. Right now we’re at the top of the ladder in our division and I’m pretty determined to keep it that way!
Photo #2: Hey, I’m Matt and I’m really into filmmaking and playing music, bass guitar, piano, drums and trumpet. I hope to get into documentary filmmaking, but to be honest, Frozen is one of my favourite films.
Photo #3: Hey, I’m Habib. I moved to Australia in 2007 from Afghanistan. I did my work experience at a law firm. Now I’ve finished high school and am a youth worker.
Photo #4: Hi, I’m Georgia. My favourite thing to do is dance and hang with my mates. I have a blackbelt in karate and have never lost a fight.
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