Lesson 4: Let’s Explore The Idea Of Racial And Other Diversity: Extending Our Understanding: Gallery Of Heroes

  • Activity Description: Group discussion, reading, hot-seating/role-playing and writing: Extending our understanding of the issues of racial and other diversity and learning about leading figures who have challenged and/or overcome some disadvantage
  • Learning Objective(s):
    • To further develop the topic of diversity and the multicultural nature of the world
    • To introduce the children to some leading figures who have challenged and/or overcome some disadvantage
    • To encourage retention of knowledge and peer learning
  • Preparation: You should have read the story “Colourful Pete” first and completed the activities before this one
  • Resources:
    • Exploring Racial and Other Diversity – Teacher’s Guide to introducing the points of discussion
    • Exploring Racial and Other Diversity – “Gallery of Heroes” Fact Files. (Feel free to create fact files of other heroes that you feel would be important to include. Please do email us with these other people so that we can decide whether we also wish to add them to our resources.)
  • Instructions:
    • Using The Teacher’s Guide to Lesson 4 introduce the points of discussion
    • Using the Gallery of Heroes Fact Files read the fact files to the class or share the reading with the class or choose a few heroes that you want to discuss with the class and read those fact files to the class or share the reading with the class. You could also divide the class into groups of two or three and assign each group a hero to read about and/or find out more about. Each group could then be given the opportunity to sit in a ‘hot seat’ and have the other children quiz them on the hero the group has been assigned. Another suggestion would be for the children to volunteer to role-play each hero and use the fact files in this way.
    • Next ask the children to create their own gallery of heroes using the handout activity sheet provided
    • To create their own gallery of heroes they should choose 4 heroes to write about. They should write in pencil all the facts that they remembered about the “heroes” the class discussed and then, looking at their classmates’ work on the same heroes, add facts to their lists that they find on other children’s lists and use a different colour for these facts.
  • Handout: Let’s Cross Colour and Other Divides – Handout Sheet Activity 4 – My gallery of heroes
  • Suggested Journal Entry: Their thoughts about the “heroes” or any one “hero”
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