Access the student reflection APP which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to reflect and respond to topic-specific prompts.
Activity 1: (10 minutes) CLASS BRAINSTORM
Ask students to share what they think when they hear the word “culture.” Write the answers on the board. Many answers will be related to visible elements of culture (race, ethnicity, dress, dance, hair, etc.).
Share that there are many invisible elements of culture. These are often things we do not recognize as shaping our own identity.
Activity 2: (15 minutes) SILENT DISCUSSION
Share the Equality and Equity images. Engage students in a silent discussion about the images. Students will sit in groups and write their observations, thoughts, and questions on a large piece of butcher paper. They should respond to one another’s writings with additional thoughts and questions.
Have each student group choose a spokesperson to summarize the conversation for the rest of the class. Listen for common themes between the groups (e.g., equality gives everyone an equal share of resources, and equity gives everyone what they need). These will be used to define “equality” and “equity” for your class.
Activity 3: (15 minutes) SCENARIOS
Ask the class about the following scenarios. Have them identify the scenarios as examples of equity or equality.
Share the following story with the class:
Mae is a student at a nearby middle school. She lives alone with her mom in an area of town where there are only apartments. Each day, Mae must wake up 20 minutes earlier than her classmates so she can walk an extra mile to get to school. There is often not much food in the apartment because Mae’s mom isn’t able to get to the grocery store. One morning at school, Mae asks her 1st period teacher if he has anything to eat. Mr. Bills knows about Mae’s circumstances and gives her some extra snacks. Another student, who Mr. Bills saw eating breakfast that same morning, notices this and loudly says, “That’s not fair! Why does Mae get a snack and the rest of us don’t?!”
Wrap up the activity by encouraging students to recognize opportunities to treat everyone with respect. If time allows, invite students to set a personal goal of something they can do to respect and celebrate others.