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Homophobia
Introduction

As they take part in various activities, the students will have to consider questions such as homophobia, self-respect, respect for others, unequal relationships between various groups, exclusion, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes and the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The activities described in this section target the following objectives:

Throughout the activities, some students will probably remain unwilling to talk about homophobia. Negative comments and tasteless jokes are to be expected. Try to promote the values of respect, equality and justice. If some students continue to display an aggressive attitude about the topic, make suggestions about the causes of homosexuality or use religious values to condemn homosexuality, explain that respect and equality are key values in our society. The most important point is to understand that some people are the victims of homophobia and injustice, and that these are unacceptable forms of discrimination.

Teaching guide

The Teaching Guide for this learning situation describes the sequence of activities in detail. The teacher may follow the sequence step by step, or use it as a canvas for a more individualized approach. Each activity is designed to give teachers as much latitude as possible.

The Teaching Guide is divided into three sections: preparation, implementation and integration. The Preparation section describes activities that will help students begin to think about the main topic. The Implementation section describes the stages in a project that can be undertaken with the students, in order to achieve the objectives of the learning situation in a real-life context. Last, the activities in the Integration section can be used by the teacher to review what has been achieved and check what the students have learned.

Student worksheets

Student worksheets are provided for each activity. They can be downloaded, photocopied and distributed in the classroom.

References

The References section of the learning situation includes definitions, and a list of written and Web-based sources. This basic information will help teachers prepare the theme of the learning situation.

Québec Education Program

This section lists the educational aims of each theme and the links with the Québec Education Program.

Duration

The duration of each activity is determined by the teacher. To cover all the activities, the teacher should schedule 5-6 one-hour periods. Teachers should adapt the activities and select those that are most relevant for the students concerned.

Required materials

- Student worksheets from this website.

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