HOMOPHOBIA: What is it? What can we do about it?
This two-part lesson for grades 5-8 is aimed at increasing students' understanding of homophobia. The first part focuses on personal experiences of our differences; the second part focuses on what students can do to make their classroom and school safe for everyone.
By Jinnie Spiegler
- Confidentiality: Whatever is discussed here stays here.
- Right to pass: You have the right to pass if you don't feel comfortable sharing.
- No name calling or finger-pointing.
- Agree to disagree: We may have differences and we should feel free to discuss them without having hard feelings towards each other.
- When talking about groups of people, use the word some and not all.
- Speak from your own point of view: Use I-statements and don't present other people's viewpoints as your own.
- Ask: Are there any other guidelines we should add?
Looking at Isms
|The teacher assumes I can't write well because English isn't my first language.||There is no basketball team for girls in this school.|
|Other kids don't want to hang out with me because because I'm Muslim.||
I get followed around the department store because I'm black.
If you found out that a good friend of yours was gay or lesbian, what would you do and feel?
Have you ever witnessed someone who is gay or lesbian being teased or made fun of? How do you think they felt?
If you found out that an adult in your life (parent, teacher, friend of family, family member) was gay or lesbian, how would you feel?
What do you do when you hear your peers making fun of someone they think is gay, lesbian, or bisexual?
Do you know someone who is gay? If so, how do you feel about the fact that they are gay?
- How comfortable are you around gays/lesbians? Why do you think you feel that way?
How can we make our classroom for everyone?
How can we make our school for everyone?
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