Gender Diversity Lesson
Ed 301, Section 2
Unit: Gender Diversity
• Grade 10
• To increase the awareness of gender
issues among tenth graders.
• To open lines of communication between
• To encourage critical thinking skills about
• PowerPoint presentation
• Access to Internet or classroom
• “Free a Man to Fight: Women Soldiers of
World War II” by A & E Television, 1999,
• Popular Culture Magazines
• Pencils, Pens, Paper, Scissors, Gluesticks,
• As an introduction, students will write in
their journals. The prompt will be “If I had
been born a male/female…..” The
students will write a one page response
about how their lives would have been
different if they were born the opposite
• Students will take a piece of paper and
fold it in half. On one side they will write
“Disadvantages,” and on the other side
they will write “Advantages.”
• The students will record the advantages
and disadvantages of their respective
• Students will watch the video “Free a Man
to Fight: Women Soldiers of World War II”
• Students will write one paragraph of video
summary and one paragraph of
• Students will participate in a civil
discussion of women’s roles in the military.
• We will take a trip to the media center or
use the classroom encyclopedias to
research women in history.
• Students will write a report, which
includes biographical information,
contribution to history, and implications/
importance of contribution.
• Students will discuss media/peer pressure
about body image and male/female body
• Students will cut out examples of
“preferred” body images represented in
magazines. They will create graphic
representations of the images by gluing
them on construction paper.
Each student must present their
work to the class for all activities.
After all students have shared
their work, a classroom discussion
Gender Diversity Website
This website contains information about the
three interrelated divisions of gender:
Perception, Roles, and Presentation.
These divisions make up the Parameters
Diversity Inc Website
• This website has a plethora of academic
resources, employment opportunities,
current events, and forums about gender
and diversity issues.
WEEA Equity Resource Center
• This website provides both materials and
technical support about women’s equity
and gender issues.
Center for Heath and Gender
• The goal of this website is to advance
gender equity and social justice in
international population and health policy.
Gender Equity in Education:
• This is “a selected list of resources/programs
that embody some principles articulated during
the US Department of Education's July 16, 1996,
Satellite Town Meeting. In trying to raise
awareness of the issue of gender equity in
education, the Department met with many
experts who made recommendations regarding
appropriate resources. These resources are
suggested to improve access for girls and
women to education.” (quoted from website)