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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Stereotypes are ideas about how people will act based on a group that they belong to, most often if they are a boy or girl. Challenge your thinking and expand your vocabulary while discussing the different stereotypes against girls and boys and why it can be unfair and harmful.

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Plan

  • What do you need to complete this activity? 
  • How much time will you need for this activity? 
  • How many words will you find definitions for? 

Do

  • Create a list of different words or characteristics that could be used to describe a person. 
  • Look at the list of characteristics and words and sort them into categories that are for “boys”, “girls”, and “both”. 
  • Talk about why you believe that these characteristics should belong in the categories you chose. 
  • As a group or in smaller groups, talk about why it could be harmful to stereotype these words and characteristics. 
  • Based on what you have learned about how stereotypes can be harmful, create a list of words to write definitions for (ex. Stereotype, identity, character, personality) 
  • Create the definitions and share them with the group. 
  • Talk about what the definitions mean and how they relate to your daily life. 

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?  
  • How did you and your friends get along on this Adventure?  
  • What would you change next time?  
  • What did you learn about stereotypes? 
  • How can you avoid stereotypes in your daily lives? 

Keep it Simple

Using a dictionary, look up some words (identity, gender, etc.) and discuss the definition and what you think it means. Would you change them in any way? 

Take it Further

Write a list of stereotypical things that describe a boy or a girl. Discuss why these lists can be harmful and think of ways that you can challenge these stereotypes in your life.