July 15, 2019
By Meena Srinivasan

Lesson plan

Drawn Together

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  • Students will be able to define the term "diversity."
  • Students will be able to articulate how appreciating each other's differences can bring people together.
  • Students will be able to explain how they may be more open to understanding similarities amidst differences.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring students together in a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Write or project the following quote on the board: "A relationship is about two things: appreciating the similarities and respecting the differences."
  • Ask a student to read the quote out loud.
  • Ask the class to think about what this quote means to them. (Give them 30–60 seconds.) Then, ask them to share their thoughts with a partner.
  • After, ask if any pairs would like to share out with the whole class.
  • Explain to the class that today they will be discussing the word "diversity." They will also be appreciating and respecting each other's differences.
(5 minutes)
  • Write the word "diversity" on the board.
  • Ask the class what they think the word means. Break down the root word "diverse."
  • Write the following definition of DiversityOn the board: "many different things; diverse or variety."
  • Show the class the book Drawn TogetherBy Minh Le.
  • Ask the students to pay attention to where the idea of diversity (differences) comes up in the book.
  • Read the book to the class, and pause periodically to ask them to consider how the grandfather and grandson come to appreciate each other.
(5 minutes)
  • After reading the book, ask students some of the following comprehension questions: What happened in the story? How did it feel for the grandson when he realized how different he was from his grandfather? Where did diversity come up in the plot? What about appreciation for differences?
  • Explain to the class that they will return to their seats to work with a partner on a worksheet about differences and similarities.
  • Ask for a student volunteer.
  • Together, model for the class how to move through the Venn Diagram of Differences and Similarities worksheet and answer questions.
  • Divide the class into pairs and ask if they have any questions.
(25 minutes)
  • Dismiss pairs back to their seats, and distribute the Venn Diagram of Differences and Similarities worksheet.
  • Have the class complete the worksheet.

Enrichment:Students may design a symbol for appreciating differences using art supplies such as paints, markers, or pipe cleaners.

Support:Work with a small group of students to complete the Venn Diagram of Differences and Similarities worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Observe students as they work with their partners to complete the Venn Diagram of Differences and Similarities worksheet.
  • Collect worksheets to assess the class' understanding of diversity.
(5 minutes)
  • After all students have completed their worksheets, ask them to join together in a circle on the floor. (Have them stay with their partners.)
  • Ask the partners, "Who would like to share out their differences and similarities? Did you learn something new about your partner that you did not know before?"
  • Allow students to share with the class.
  • Afterwards, ask the questions:
    • How can we appreciate each other’s differences in our classroom?
    • How does this draw us together, like in the story?
    • How does this support relationships?
    • How does it help our community?

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