Stereotyping Exercise

STEREOTYPING EXERCISE

PURPOSE:

    To understand what it feels like to be stereotyped, and to think of ways to combat stereotypes.

TIME REQUIRED:

    Approximately 20 minutes

PROCESS:

  1. Have each student take out a piece of paper and fold it in half.
  2. On the left side of the page, have the student list some of the different stereotypes or labels that people might place on them. Give them 3A minutes.
  3. Then on the right side of the page, have the students list some things that people will NOT know about them, simply by looking at them. Give them another 3-4 minutes.

DEBRIEF:

  1. Look at your page. What do you feel as you look at the two lists on your page?
  2. Who does this -- who has stereotypes? (we all do)
  3. What are some things we can do to combat these stereotypes?

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