Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.1
- Explain to students that sometimes we prejudge others before we know them based on how they look or what someone else has said. The way we think about people can affect the way we relate to them or how we treat them. Prejudiced thinking leads to prejudiced behaviour.
- Discuss with the class the kinds of unfair behaviours which may result from our prejudices. Ask students to provide some examples from school and home. In each example try to draw out the prejudiced thinking.
- Ask students to think about times when they have been unfairly treated or treated someone else unfairly. Ask them how they feel when they are treated unfairly. List the effects of unfair treatment.
- Tell students you are going to look at some examples of unfair treatment based on prejudiced thinking. Display Handout 11: New girl [PDF]; Handout 12: Sharing lunch [PDF]; Handout 13: Playing basketball [PDF]; and Handout 14: My family [PDF]. Lead students through each scenario. Discuss the nature of the prejudiced thinking in each.
- This activity aims to help students understand the relationship between prejudiced thinking and prejudiced behaviour.
- It also aims to provide students with opportunities to explore the effects of unfair or prejudiced behaviour.