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Lesson 5 - Prejudice and stereotypes


This lesson starts with a thinking skills activity which aims to reveal students own prejudicial and stereotypical views in order to introduce the concepts. Students then explore stereotypes of different genders and of teenagers to appreciate how it feels to be labelled. This enables them to empathise with other groups that can be stereotyped and to challenge the negative labels. You can then explore prejudice through the media. Extension 1 provides a role-play activity that could be a separate lesson and effective way of developing learning through drama. Although this lesson is focussed on negative attitudes rather than behaviour, which is explored further in lesson 6, you may find that discrimination is introduced through your discussion.

Download the teacher notes for the full lesson plan and guidance on how to deliver the activities.  

Learning objectives

  • Understand that people have negative attitudes and what is meant by prejudice and stereotypes.
  • Be able to recognise my own and others’ stereotypical and prejudicial attitudes.
  • Be aware of the negative consequences of prejudice and stereotypes.

Subject links

  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Drama
  • RE


Note: lesson timings are a suggestion only and will depend on your teaching style, student ability and length of discussion. You could choose to run some lessons across a double period.

Last updated: 29 Jan 2019