Originally Posted by pnggrad79
The next day the principal pulled me aside and told me he appreciated the lesson on tolerance but that I needed to keep it on grade level and realize they were 12 years old.
Maybe what he really meant is that older students probably know better what their parents can handle. Much less likely to bring up a reasonable and organic discussion on tolerance if they know their parents would pitch a fit.
ONN was up in arms last week because an English teacher in Wisconsin devised and taught an eight-week unit on homophobia
. It was for older kids than yours, but the first assignment might be helpful.
One way in which we are all similar is that we all have differences. Sometimes these differences make lives better (in Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie's illness helped countless other prioritize their lives); however, at times these differences cause great pain (Hester Prynne's scarlet letter). Write a three paragraph essay, due at the end of the hour, in which you describe your biggest difference from others and the way it impacts your life.
The entire lesson plan is available here