Tackling Racism - Acting with Kindness

Tackling Racism - Acting with Kindness

Lesson 4 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Health and Physical Education
  • ...

Lesson Summary

Students will explore the difference between dehumanising and humanising behaviours and how these can manifest into racist attitudes and beliefs. They will examine the power of values, and how the value of kindness can act as a powerful antidote to hatred.

It is recommended that this lesson is delivered as part of the Tackling Racism Through Sport unit. This will help students to strengthen their understanding of these concepts and inspire them to have healthy and constructive conversations about race and racism. It may also support students to challenge racist behaviours and attitudes in themselves and others.

Learning Intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the difference between dehumanising and humanising behaviours
  • explore the commonalities, key themes and differences in the perspectives of others and themselves.

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • work together to create a values map
  • apply their prior knowledge to new concepts.

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Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Evaluate the influence of respect, empathy, power and coercion on establishing and maintaining respectful relationships (AC9HP10P04)
  • Propose strategies and actions individuals and groups can implement to challenge biases, stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination, and promote inclusion in their communities (AC9HP10P05)
  • Evaluate emotional responses in different situations to refine strategies for managing emotions (AC9HP10P06)
  • Plan, justify and critique strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP10P10)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.13, PDHPE5.16.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding, Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students propose and evaluate personal strategies to manage their identities, emotions and responses to change. They evaluate how attitudes and beliefs about equality, respect, diversity and inclusion influence the nature and quality of relationships. Students propose and justify strategies to manage online and offline situations where their own or others’ health, safety, relationships or wellbeing may be at risk.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – this lesson requires you to facilitate class discussions and provide students with instruction in activities

Resources Required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Lined paper or a small journal for each student
  • Student worksheet – one per student
  • Values Map – one colour copy per student (optional)
  • Whiteboard
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