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Lesson plan: New perspectives

Timeframe

This exercise should run for about 30 minutes, but we recommend allowing for the flexibility to adapt to group dynamics and discussion.

Outcomes

  • Students have an improved understanding of diverse perspectives among their peers and other people in their online community
  • Students have tested stereotypes and other limiting social assumptions that lead to marginalisation or victimisation of others
  • Students have explored ways to support peers who have different lived experience to their own

Description

This is a discussion-generating exercise that uses three episodes of PROJECT ROCKIT TV as prompts for students to plug in to new perspectives on communication, cultural diversity and gender stereotypes that they may not have considered before.

You’ll need access to a data projector with audio and discussion questions at the ready.

Instructions

Explain to the class that you’ll be together watching three different episodes of PROJECT ROCKIT TV, each designed to share new perspectives from peers they may not have heard from before. After each episode, there will be an opportunity to discuss the themes as a class. Allow 10 mins to watch an discuss each episode.

The episodes

COMMUNICATION: How do you prefer to communicate?

1. What is your preferred way to communicate? What the benefits and challenges of communicating this way?
2. How do you think we can build awareness and better understand people who best communicate in ways other than talking?
3. If you could learn a new form of communication, what would it be? Why?

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY: How can I celebrate my friends?

1. How could your school be more inclusive of culturally diverse students and people with families of diverse backgrounds?
2. Besides asking questions, what are some other ways you can be supportive of a friend who is culturally different to you?
3. Do you think stereotypes play a role in how people view culturally diversity? If so, how?

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GENDER: What can I do to challenge gender stereotypes?

1. How would the world be different if there were no stereotypes around gender?
2. When does the pressure to ‘act’ out gender norms begins in life? How does it come about?
3. How can we create supportive spaces for people who don't fit in with stereotypical gender roles?

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This lesson plan is provided as part of PROJECT ROCKIT Digital Ambassadors, powered by Facebook and Instagram. You can learn more about this partnership here.