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Sociometry of Oppressions

See the Lesson Plan Section for a downloadable version of this lesson.

This activity is designed to help explore the multiple ways in which our identities are read and effect our social interactions with others, as well as the broader circumstances of our life. Participants are assigned an identity and asked to respond to a series of prompts by stepping forward or remaining in place. Participants are given opportunities to visualize the dynamic of oppression and privilege as they make their way at varying speeds across the “playing field” of their characters life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • to introduce the concepts of privilege and oppression and that all individuals are affected by them
  • to develop a better understanding of the complexity of individuals within our society;
  • to increase awareness and understanding of the meanings of power and control;
  • to gain a better understanding of how and why our culture maintains the status quo
  • to develop empathy for others

Used with the permission of Susan Diane RN, BA, MA

Grades: 10-12

Time: 30 to 60 minutes

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