Our Diverse Lives
Grade Seven
Language Arts
Exploring Tolerance Through
Writing
By Shannon Greenamyer
Education 301-02
May 2003
Contents
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2.
3.
Diversity Unit
Revealed
Educational
Resources and
Links
Writing Exercises
on Diversity Topics
Diversity Topics
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Age
Beliefs/Religion
Class
Exceptionalities
Disabilities
Gender
Language
Race/Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation
Diversity Unit Revealed
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Grade seven language arts
class will explore diversity
topics through writing
activities and the study of
literature.
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Journaling
Poetry
Formal Letters
Class Magazine
 Students will submit an
assignment from one of the
lessons of Diversity
Diversity Resources
Writing tips, ideas, and suggestions
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/english.cfm
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Indiana University
Office of Diversity Education
http://www.iub.edu/~diversit/diversity/resources.
html
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More Resources
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Pacific Resources for
Education and learning
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http://www.wesleyan.edu/psy
c/ed.html
http://www.prel.org/work/cd/r
sc.asp
Diversity Council
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http://www.diversitycouncil.or
g/ed_resource.shtml
Diversity of Age:
Activities
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Minilesson: Read aloud The Giving
Tree by Shel Silverstein
Discussion follow-up with partners
Guest Speaker
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An experienced nursing home
worker will come and speak about
the elderly.
Small Group Discussion
Thank You Letter to Speaker
Age Diversity Links
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Age Diversity in Learning, Employment, and
Enterprise
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http://216.239.39.100/search?q=cache:6FeIEwnH_IJ:www.helptheaged.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/eycfupxtikgguy7
umtgksmwmvqapw57thrgwvlv3kyr47aksdnljhh2vu7xbkirp
6vqyjj4duvngyb5gunchd6ephob/age_diversity.pdf+age+div
ersity&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
The Learning Resource Annex
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http://www.leadership.opm.gov/Diversity/index.cfm?SID=
1&TID=23
More Age Diversity Links
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Children’s Attitudes About Older Adults
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Ageism
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http://npin.org/pnews/1998/pnew698/pnew698f.ht
ml
http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/ModuleAgeism
.html
National Academy for Teaching and Learning
About Aging
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http://www.unt.edu/natla
Diversity of Beliefs/Religion
Activities
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“Freedom of Hate
Speech?” (see page 12)
Group Discussion:
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“Melting Pot” vs.
“Cultural Pluralism”
Reflective Journal About
Discussion (2 pgs)
Julia Fields’ “Aardvark” /
Malcolm X
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Poetry reading/discussion
Religious Diversity Links
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National Humanities Center
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Teaching Religion in Public Schools
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http://www.fac.org/publicat/cground/ch07_1.html
“Freedom of Hate Speech”
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http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/diversity/religion.html
“Revival” by David Ruenzal
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http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/divam.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/1999031
8thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
Ohio State University’s Diversity Website
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http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/diversity/religion.html
Diversity of Class
Activities
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Collage
 Social Class Representation
Poetry Composition
 Open form, at least 10 lines, social
class subject matter
Large Group Discussion
 Karl Marx
Music Review
 “Another Day in Paradise” Phil
Colins
Reflective Journal (2 pgs)
Class Diversity Links
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Social Class and Stratification
 http://www.hewett.norfolk.sch.uk/curric/soc/class/class.htm
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People Like Us
 http://www.pbs.org/peoplelikeus/film/stories.html
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Social Class in Contemporary Society
 http://www.spc.uchicago.edu/SocialClass/about.html
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Homeless in America
 http://www.commnet.edu/QVCTC/student/GaryOKeefe/ho
meless/frame.html
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Katznelson Article
 http://web.syr.edu/~jbjoyce/review2.html
Exceptionalities
Activities
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Freak the Mighty by
Rodman Philbrick
Chapter Quizzes and
discussion
Book Reviews
Reflective Journal (2
pgs) over Freak
View the Movie
Exceptionalities Links
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Freak the Mighty
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Dual Exceptionalities
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http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/gt_ld/ericE574.html
Kidsource Online
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http://www.rodmanphilbrick.com/teaching.html
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/help.gift.html
Gifted Education Lessons
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http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edexc.htm
Disabilities
Activities
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Read “Encountering Disabilities” by Richard Hartwell
Reflective Journal (2 pgs)
Living With Disabilities Activity
 Students will be assigned a disability (physical impairment,
blindness, a learning disability), and be expected to live the
class period in such ways.
Small Group discussions
 How did the activity impact your learning?
Celebrity Quiz
 http://www.ldonline.org/kidzone/inter_act/celebrity_quiz.ht
ml
Disabilities Links
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American Association of People With Disabilities
 http://www.aapd.com/
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CSUN Center on Disabilities
 http://www.csun.edu/cod/
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Children With Disabilities
 http://www.ldanatl.org/
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Learning Disabilities
 http://www.ldanatl.org/
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ADA Homepage
 http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
Gender Diversity
Activities
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Draw a Scientist
Discussion Over Results of Drawings
Reflective Journal Entry (2 pgs)
Magazine Critique
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Using gender specific magazines, compare/contrast content
and ads
Gender of Language
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Robert Baker’s “Pricks and Chicks: a Plea for Persons”
http://home.sbu.edu/rhughes/Honors%201st%20Year%20F
older/Gender%20Language.htm
Gender Diversity Links
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Ethical Guidelines for Gender Discussion
 http://www.gender.org/resources/dge/gea01003.pdf
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International Website for Gender Education
 http://www.ifge.org/
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Gender Net
 http://www.worldbank.org/gender/
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Single-Gender Classrooms
 http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr024.shtml
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Gender Education and Advocacy
 http://www.gender.org/
Diversity of Language
Activities
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English Language Diffusion
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http://school.newsweek.co
m/online_activities/languag
e.php
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Large Group Discussion
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Dialect Quick Quiz
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http://www.cal.org/ericcll/d
igest/0104dialects.html
More Language Activities
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Free Verse Poetry
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As diverse language
Composition
Ebonics
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Music Review (of Language)
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Content must be appropriate
Language Diversity Links
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Newsweek Education Program
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Harvard Language Diversity Project
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http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~pild/languagediversity.htm
Language Diversity and Language Arts
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http://school.newsweek.com/online_activities/language1.ph
p
http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/ed384072.html
Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
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http://www.cal.org/ericcll/digest/subject.html
Diversity of Race
Activities
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I Know Why the Caged
Bird Sings by Maya
Angelou
Chapter Quizzes for
Content
Vocabulary Lists
“Sympathy” by Paul
Lawrence Dunbar
Small Group Discussion
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Relationship of poem
and autobiography
Racial Diversity Links
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Schools’ Racial Shift
 http://www.azcentral.com/season/0102seasoneducation02.html
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Celebrating Racial Diversity
 http://www.ipj-ppj.org/celebrating_racial_diversity.htm
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Diversity Digest
 http://www.diversityweb.org/Digest/W97/research.html
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Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s “Sympathy”
 http://www.potw.org/archive/potw219.html
Richard McCulloch “Racial Diversity”
 http://www.racialcompact.com/racialdiversity.html
Diversity of Sexual Orientation
Activities
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Large Group Discussion
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Sexual Myths
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Small Group Discussion
Reflective Journal (2 pgs)
Video
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Tolerance
http://www.advocatesfor
youth.org/publications/vi
deo-low.wmv
Movie Review
Orientation Links
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Hate Crimes
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Educational Resources
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http://www.glsen.org/
Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays
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http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/srh/resources/talk/index.html
Gay Lesbian Straight Organization
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http://www.aclce.org/newpage7.htm
http://www.pflag.org/
Youth Resource
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http://www.youthresource.com/health/index.cfm
Class Magazine
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Compilation of seventh graders’ polished work
Original artwork working in synch with grade seven
art classes
Each student will choose a completed assignment
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Movie Review
Music Review
Book Reveiw
Reflective Journal
Original Poetry
Thank You
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