Suggested uses and lesson ideas

There are many Curriculum Support Resources available here and through the main Equality Commission’s website (including a variety of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and pen and paper activities) that you may find useful.

The suggested lesson ideas using the ‘Do you mean me?’ research will inform and clarify personal viewpoints and opportunities to respond to real life situations. You can use the resources to encourage groups to discuss topical equality issues and how they would like things to be in the future.

Below is a list of suggested lesson ideas based on developing skills, knowledge and deeper understanding of equality issues.

Challenge Social Attitudes

The development of social attitudes can create positive or negative feelings towards different groups in society. It is an important topic of study to challenge our social attitudes.

Use one or more of these resources during lessons to challenge social attitudes in the group.

  • Survey Yourself InteractivitySurvey Yourselfthis is an interactive website exercise
    Start by encouraging the group to take part in a mini equality survey – Survey Yourself to compare their personal attitudes with the results from the Equality Awareness Survey. (Please explain to the group that the original survey was from a cross section of society in Northern Ireland and that their demographic may display different attitudes to the average.)After they have interacted with other areas of the site they can re-survey themselves (perhaps as a homework exercise) to discover if their attitudes have altered.
  • Why did I experience discrimination?this is a written exercise
    Working through the questions, encourage the group to consider how actions can often result in discrimination against relevant sectors of society. Download the Work Sheet (Word document).
  • Interactive Wheel of DiscriminationHow balanced are your views?this is an interactive website exercise
    The activity offers the group an opportunity to understand how balanced their personal attitude is towards others in society.Individually completing the Wheel of Discrimination will produce personal visual representation of their attitudes towards different groups in society. Dependent on their answers, the site may recommend further reading that will help inform their attitudes.Students can complete the wheel as many times as they like (in their own time or as a homework exercise) and no personal information, apart from their age, if given, is stored by the site.
  • Equality StoriesIdentifying prejudice and harassment – this is an interactive website exercise
    We have included a series of Equality Stories to highlight the effect holding discriminatory views can have on people’s lives and how the Equality Commission can assist victims of discrimination.The Equality Stories on this website can be read and reviewed individually or can be presented on a white board to the group. Use the “Points to Consider” and “Challenge Your Perception” areas to stimulate debate and help identify where prejudice or harassment has occurred. Encourage the group to complete the interactive poll at the end of each story (to assess how the story has affected their opinion) and encourage them to supply a comment. The comment can either be regarding the story or if they have or know someone who has experienced discrimination.

Key Stage 2/3 – building relationships

Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on respect for diversity and how to respond to conflict.

Key Stage 3/4 – knowledge and understanding

Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on preparation for playing an active role in society.

Key Stage 4/5 – diversity and inclusion

Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on diversity and inclusion.

The above lesson plans are our suggestions on how to use these resources, however we would encourage you to use as many of the resources as you wish, irrespective of the curriculum objective.

Your comments are important to us

Encourage students to leave their views to Tell Us What You Think
We would encourage all users to comment on a particular Equality Story or News Article. We would like to hear what young people think about equality and diversity and would ask that you encourage your group to articulate their views using the many comment fields throughout the site.

If you have any comments about the website we would like to know, please write a general comment in the Your Views section.
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