Appreciating Diversity and Differences
Students will be able to articulate how they appreciate diversity and differences by writing a story or creating artwork.
- Bring students together into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
- Write the word "lovely" on the board.
- Ask students to participate in a "chalk talk," in which they will silently come up to the board and write words or phrases that connect to the word "lovely." They can also write questions or piggy-back off of others' words and phrases.
- After the chalk talk activity, ask for a student volunteer to come up and talk about what they notice. Ask, "What words are connected? Are there questions on the board?"
- Write the following quote on the board: "Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. A world of differences all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!"
- Give students a minute to think about the meaning of this quote. Then, have them share their thoughts with a partner.
- Have 2–3 pairs share what they discussed with the whole class.
- Explain to the class that today they will be discussing the word "lovely." They will hear a story named Lovely, which is about appreciating and respecting each other's differences, and ultimately seeing everyone as lovely.
- Explain that they will then write a book of their own that is similar to Lovely.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Show the class the book Lovely by Jess Hong.
- Ask them to pay attention to the format of the book, and how it portrays all that is lovely. This will help them when it is their turn to write.
- Read the book to the students, and pause periodically to ask comprehension questions.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- After reading Lovely, ask students some of the following comprehension questions:
- What happened in the story?
- Where did diversity come up in the plot?
- When did the book talk about appreciation for differences?
- Explain to students, "'Recognizing diversity' means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences like race, culture, language, and abilities."
- Explain to students that they will work on their own to create a book similar to Lovely.
- Tell them that their books will be displayed in the school library or in the classroom.
- Read the instructions of the Lovely Art Pieces worksheet, and model for the class how to move through it. Explain that they can either choose to create a book or put together an art project that symbolizes appreciating diversity and seeing the lovely in diversity. (Show them the example art piece.)
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Dismiss students back to their seats, and distribute the Lovely Art Pieces worksheet.
- Have them decide whether they want to create a story or art piece, and allow them to begin working.
Enrichment: When completing the Lovely Art Pieces worksheet, students may choose to write a story and create an art piece about appreciating differences to include in their story. They can use art supplies such as paints, markers, or pipe cleaners.
Support: When completing the Lovely Art Pieces worksheet, work with a small group of students to write a story that celebrates diversity.
- Observe students at their seats during the independent working time.
- Collect projects to review their stories and art pieces, and assess their comprehension of diversity.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- After all students have completed their projects, ask them to join together in a circle on the floor.
- Place all of the students' stories and art projects in the center of the circle.
- Ask students to each choose one story or artwork to look at for a couple minutes.
- Ask students what they noticed about their classmates' projects.
- After students have shared, ask them the following questions, one at a time:
- How can we appreciate each other’s differences in our classroom?
- How does looking at diversity through the lens of loveliness, just like in the story, support relationships and community?