Lesson Plan : Gender Equality

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Dehan
Grade:
 Grade 1
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Boys and girls should be themselves
Content:
 Big question: Are girls and boys supposed to like certain things? - Key concepts: individuality, perceptions - Vocabulary: individual, judgment, respect, unique
Goals:
 - Develop awareness of being an individual - Acceptance of others who like different things than you - Being able to express oneself and think about others feelings TEKS: - K.11.A. - differences among people - K.8.A. -
Objectives:
 - identify problems with not treating people equally - explain what it means to be an individual - model how to treat people with respect
Materials:
 - Chart paper - William’s Doll by C. Zolotow - Paper - Crayons - Poster with pictures of individuals playing with different things - Script for students to act out how to behave when they encounter someone who is different than them
Introduction:
 Do a KWL with the students, seeing what they know about the word “individuality” and what they want to know about it. Direct them necessary, having them think about what being an individual means. Take this into a discussion where kids share questions and experiences and get them focused on the lesson to be learned. For ESL children, show the class a poster with the word "individual" labeled and pictures for all kids to see what types of things all children can play with or like, such as dolls, blocks, cars, stuffed animals, etc. Talk through the poster with the kids and emphasize that all children are having fun and doing things that they like.
Development:
 Read the story, William’s Doll by C. Zolotow. Ask students to predict what they think the book will be about by reading the title and looking at the cover picture. Stop and discuss certain events and behaviors from the characters in the story after every few pages. For instance, how the father negatively reacts to the boys' liking of dolls, how the mother supports her son, and how the grandmother also supports him and buys him a doll in the end.
Practice:
 After reading, talk with the students about if it was acceptable for William to like playing with dolls. Lead the students into discussing if it is ok to play with any toy and why. Talk about how William liking his doll makes him an individual; he does not care what others think of him. Invite all children to share whether they liked the story and why. Ask why it is important to be an individual and what would happen if everyone was too concerned about what others think.
Accommodations:
 For students who are not able to write a story, they will try their best to put labels on their illustration and will tell the teacher what they want to say, while they watch the teacher write it slowly and modeling how to use phonetics. For children who are having difficulty coming up with something to draw or write about, have them create a story of their own about someone who is unique and why, with a picture.
Checking For Understanding:
 Using “Numbered Heads,” children share their pictures with group and listen to others experiences and stories. The stories are then collected and looked over by the teacher.
Closure:
 Add the word “individual” to the Word Wall and ask someone to explain again what it means. Complete the KWL by having kids tell what they learned from the lesson. Have a group of kids come to the front of the classroom and have a script for how they will react next time they encounter someone who is different than them or someone who likes something they do not. At the end, have students explain why it is important to respect individuals and how it makes you feel when people are understanding and respectful.
Evaluation:
 During the lesson, teachers should guide children to thinking about appropriate reactions to people liking different things than you like. Be modeling a positive spirit and respectfulness when discussing the lesson. Listen to children's thoughts during discussion to see if they are understanding how it feels to respect others and treat them as individuals. Go around the classroom as they are working on illustrations and stories, and ask students about what they are working on and why they chose that instance. Observe children's behaviors as they are working together and listening to their classmates' explanations of the exercise.
Teacher Reflections:
 In this lesson, the inclusion of diverse learners is important. I feel that through the many different activities, all childre will gain insight from this lesson. For instance, the visual learners will be captured with the KWL and pictures from the poster. Auditory learners will benefit by listening to the story and hearing people discuss their thoughts during discussions. Kinesthetic learners will shine when some students act out and model appropriate ways to treat people. I feel that this lesson has a good variety of strategies and all children will gain new knowledge and insight in the lesson.

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