Websites for Lesson Plans for Gender Representation (Grades 9-12) - National Council of Teachers of English

Websites for Lesson Plans for Gender Representation (Grades 9-12)

  • Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy:  Both for teachers and parents to understand what it means to be a boy or girl, man or woman.
  • Teaching Tolerance:  Downloadable lesson plans and educational tools developed by grade level are provided here. This resource helps children and teachers explore concepts of Gendered Beliefs, The Importance of Female Voices, and Gender Discrimination.
  • The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality: Educator’s Guide:  Complete lesson plans, activity suggestions, and companion materials for grades K-12 are available. This 95-page guide can be a valuable classroom resource.
  • Teach unicef:  This collection of teacher resources, including units, lesson plans, videos, multimedia, and stories, is intended to raise student awareness of the importance of gender equality.
  • Myra Sadker Foundation:  This not-for-profit organization offers comprehensive reading and lesson plans for teachers from early childhood to high school.
  • See Jane:  In partnership with USA TODAY Education, the website presents a new series of lessons focused on gender, self-image, and equality. This eight-lesson curriculum introduces topics such as media and bullying in the context of gender equality.
  • Center for Healthy Teen Relationships:  The Gender Empowerment Lesson Plans are based on the ideals of The Hunger Games, such as a society that does not conform to traditional gender norms. The lesson is for middle and high school students.
  • Advocates for Youth:  Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The lesson plans include topics such as gender identity and gender expression.
  • Gender Variance Created by Christine Burns — Trans Rights Campaigner and Educator:  The objective of this lesson plan is to teach students about the diversity of human sex and gender both in terms of physically observable variations outside of a simple “Male – Female” model and in terms of the many ways in which human beings experience and express their identities through concepts of “maleness” and “femaleness.”
  • Media Analysis: Culture and Gender Roles:  This lesson begins a discussion of how culture influences our lives. In order to demonstrate this theme, students will examine ads from magazines to determine how they illustrate gender roles, and in turn, how this reflects our culture.
  • Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes:   Lesson plans and film clips engage students in discussions about gender, race, and community values. Each generation expresses itself in a new musical genre, and hip-hop is the voice of today’s youth. With these resources, students can better listen, understand, and respond.
  • From Friedan Forward — Considering a Feminist Perspective:  This lesson challenges students to research the feminist movement from the 1960s while considering their own futures. Not only will students analyze literature, but they will also become active participants through letter writing.