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RAINBOW Lesson Plan_Discrimination hurts

Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Stăncescu

Universitatea Valahia din Targoviste

Activity / lesson title

Discrimination hurts!

Target group

High school students


2 lessons

Learning Environment



  • Understanding the phenomenon of discrimination and the underlying criteria;

  • Analysis of the consequences of discrimination at personal and interpersonal level;

  • Identifying optimal solutions to prevent / combat discriminatory practices;

  • Practicing non-discriminatory attitudes and behaviours;

Subjects and topics covered

Counseling and guidance, Intercultural education, Civic education, Human rights, Education for personal development, Psychology, Sociology Discrimination


Role play, explanation, conversation, brainstorming, facilitated discussion

Tools / Materials / Resources

PowerPoint presentation - Discrimination hurts! role description cards, fipchart sheets, markers, tickets containing key concepts

Detailed description of the step-by-step description of the activity / sequences of the units

Lesson 1 Getting to know each other exercise: Each student introduces himself, specifying an aspect by which he considers himself different from the others. Each aspect is noted by the teacher on a flipchart sheet. At the end of the presentation, we discuss the issues mentioned and how differences can be a source of personal development and even of development of the group we belong to. Most often, however, as we know, people see differences as sources of discrimination.

Introductory exercise: The concept of discrimination is noted on a flipchart sheet. Students are invited to mention all the ideas they think of when they hear this term, and the teacher write down. A discussion is initiated, based on those ideas / concepts that focus on the area of negative feelings

Carrying out the actual activity: Play a short video, which presents a situation of discrimination and discuss based on it. You may use one of the following materials: Discrimination hurts - School In RO: In EN: Discrimination hurts - Kindergarten In RO: In EN: Discrimination hurts - The hospital In RO: In EN: How to stop a bully The teacher uses PPT - Discrimination hurts! (definition, description, anti-discrimination legislation). Discussions are initiated based on the material presented. Play role 1 The participants are divided in three teams. Within each team, cards (Annex) are distributed describing the role that each student must assume. Students read and become familiar with the role. After getting acquainted with the roles, we move on to the actual role-playing game stage. Each team is invited in front of the class to "play" the distributed roles. At the end of step I of the actual role play, there is a discussion with the participants (debriefing), starting from the following questions: - What are the attitudes and behaviours manifested in this stage of the role play? - What are the consequences of such attitudes and behaviours? - What feelings did you have at this step of the role play? - What changes need to be made? The same is done at the end of each role play in the second step. The questions that will guide the discussions are the following: - What are the attitudes and behaviours manifested in this step of the role play? - What are the differences in attitudes and behaviours manifested in the two steps of the role play? What changes occur in the second version of the role play? - How was the neutralization of discriminatory attitudes and behaviours? - What feelings did you have in each of these steps of the role play, compared to the first one? - What are the conclusions? Lesson 2 The teacher presents images (2-3) in which different situations of discrimination are shown. Starting from these, a synthesis of the first part of the activity is made, with the help of the participants. The trainer uses PPT (second part) in which the criteria underlying the discrimination and its consequences are presented. Carry out discussions about these issues. Solutions to prevent / combat discrimination are identified, together with the participants. Play role 2: Participants are divided into 2 groups. Each group chooses a representative who will play the role of a recognized public person (examples: a politician, an expert from the Ministry of Education, an influencer, a vloger, etc.). He/she is invited to an event to talk to people about combating discrimination and showing tolerance and respect for others. A short speech (5 minutes) should be prepared, with high impact and to make the audience aware of the idea of being tolerant. Concrete examples must also be integrated into the discourse. The other members of the group play the role of coach, who give advice to the one who must give the speech (before the actual realization of it). We move on to the actual role play, then we have discussions and draw conclusions.

Feedback & assessment

"My minute of glory!" Each student is invited to extract a note from a bowl, on which is written a concept / phrase and to express an idea that has remained in his mind or an experience that he had during the activity and that has, at the same time, connection with the concept / phrase written on the note.

Evaluation (for purposes of grading)


Intellectual property rights (IPR) / Origin of the activity

This activity may be copied, distributed, modified and used for non-commercial purposes and specifying the source.

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