Promoting Respect and Understanding: A Lesson on Avoiding Slurs and Offensive Language

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This advisory lesson series focuses on building a respectful community by educating students about the harmful impact of slurs and offensive language. Through activities and discussions, students learn about the origins and offensiveness of such language, emphasizing the importance of respect and inclusivity within the school environment. The content addresses the use of derogatory terms and encourages students to reflect on their experiences and role in promoting a welcoming atmosphere at Shadle Park HS.


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  1. Highlander Community Advisory Lesson Day 1

  2. Announcement from Administration What is the purpose of the next 3 days in advisory?

  3. Day 1 Community Building Get to know you activities.

  4. Highlander Community Advisory Lesson Day 2

  5. OUR COMMITMENT We are SP. At Shadle Park, we don t use words that discriminate, intimidate or are offensive. Just because these words might be used in your house, this is our house. And in our house, we don t use racial slurs and offensive language. This is our house. Be respectful. We are SP!

  6. What is a slur? An insulting, offensive, or degrading remark, often based on an identity group such as race, ethnicity, religion, ethnic, gender/gender identity, or sexual orientation. The Power of Words A Review from English Class What is offensive language? Words that offend, upset, embarrass, or dehumanize people because it is rude, insensitive, or insulting.

  7. Many have deep and hateful origins from when people were enslaved (like the N-word). Other slurs started out as insults targeted at a specific group of people, and after used chronically over and over in a negative way have become slurs (F- slur, R-slur). Why are slurs Why are slurs specifically so specifically so offensive? offensive? Slurs aren t just cuss words. Slurs are insulting a group of people, who they are, what they have fought for, and their past history. Slurs are absolutely not tolerated at school, and everyone should be educated around them and their origin.

  8. Racial slurs and offensive language don t belong at Shadle Park HS.

  9. Journal Take a moment to journal about slurs or offensive language you have heard at school. You should not spell out or say slurs out loud because they are very harmful and upsetting to hear aloud or read in writing. You can use *** to cross out the middle of the word or write something like the r-word or the f-word.

  10. Building our Highlander Community What can you do? We don t talk like that in this building. That language does not belong here. We can t control what goes on outside of these walls, but we can determine the community that is built inside them.

  11. Discussion Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? How can you start or continue to be part of the solution?

  12. We are Highlanders. This is our community. You belong here. You deserve to feel safe and respected. You are worthy of connection.

  13. Highlander Community Advisory Lesson Day 3

  14. Opener Journal Reflection What is one thing that really resonated with you from the messages shared out yesterday?

  15. Discussion Think, Pair, Share When do you feel like you belong? What do people do or say to help you feel that way? How does that affect you? When do you feel like you don t belong? What do people do or say that impact that feeling? How does that affect you?

  16. 4 Corners Activity Each corner will represent strongly agree, agree, disagree and strongly disagree. For each statement, you will move to a corner that represents your feeling or opinion. Be prepared to share out if you feel comfortable doing so.

  17. 4 Corners Activity Statement: The way students talk about or to each other in the hall is always kind. Response: Move to the corner that represents your answer. Who is willing to explain why they moved where they did? What is the impact on our school community?

  18. 4 Corners Activity Statement: My actions actively impact how other students feel at school. Response: Move to the corner that represents your answer. Who is willing to explain why they moved where they did? What is the impact on our school community?

  19. 4 Corners Activity Statement: Students need to be more careful about how they talk about other kids at school. Response: Move to the corner that represents your answer. Who is willing to explain why they moved where they did? What is the impact on our school community?

  20. 4 Corners Activity Statement: It is everyone s responsibility to make all students feel safe and welcome at school. Response: Move to the corner that represents your answer. Who is willing to explain why they moved where they did? What is the impact on our school community?

  21. Closer: How can we make this community better? I Pledge Advisory ideas: Giant sticky note poster Individual statements on paper Verbal agreements Video

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