Curriculum and Lesson Plans
No Name Calling Week
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. The website offers free lesson plans and other resources for all grade levels that can be used any time of year: Middle School Lesson Plans, High School Lesson Plans
This organization offers a range of articles and lesson plans that address sexual orientation and gender expression including: What’s So Bad About “That’s So Gay”? and Hidden Homophobia Unit
Respect For All Project: Videos and Curriculum
Excerpts from curriculum and videos are available online. Some are available to be checked out by staff from the PPS Student Services Library. Let’s Get Real: This video examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. The video and Curriculum Guide available in PPS Student Services Library. Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up: Teenagers open up about how they are limited by gender role expectations and their process of finding ways to really be themselves.
Don’t Laugh At Me
Through music, video, and classroom activities, the "Don't Laugh at Me" (DLAM) programs help sensitize children to the painful effects of behaviors that too often are accepted as necessary rites of passage in childhood - ridicule, disrespect, ostracism and bullying. One program for grades 2-5, another for grades 6-8.
This organization offers a selection of free lesson plans for K-5 that focus on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping, and creating a respectful school by ending bullying and name calling. They also offer a variety of other resources including a guide to addressing teachable moments, using age-appropriate definitions, an extensive bibliography of books to engage students, and professional-development tools.
Ready, Set, Respect!
This kit, created by GLSEN and developed in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, provides tools to help elementary educators develop respectful attitudes and behaviors and seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBTQ-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and are designed to be used as either stand alone lessons or as part of a school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention program.
Middle and High School Specific
Think Before You Speak
GLSEN has created a teacher’s guide to assist middle and high school educators in presenting the various components of this campaign to students, framing and discussing the ads in class, and extending student learning about the negative consequences of homophobic language and anti-LGBTQ bias. The core of the guide consists of six educational activities that increase awareness and knowledge of the issues, develop skills for addressing them and promote social action. The activities can be used sequentially or as stand-alone experiences in the classroom, as part of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) meetings, with students in diversity clubs, as part of a school diversity day or as part of other extracurricular activities that promote respect and equality.
Unheard Voices: Stories and Lessons for 6-12
This is an oral history and curriculum project helping educators integrate LGBTQ history, people, and issues into their instructional programs. It provides interviews, transcripts, classroom materials and thematic lessons.
Trevor Project Resource Kit
The Trevor Resource Kit is a curriculum guide full of empowering tips, activities and information for adults who work with young people. This tool includes collaterals on The Trevor Project’s life-saving resources, group activities, worksheets and more to help youth constructively discuss suicide and build empathy for the issues facing many LGBTQ people.