Lesson 4: Relationships - Day 2: Gender Identification

Gender roles and gender identity are the focus of a lesson designed for high school special education classes. Read the introduction to the packet carefully, as it contains advice about how to approach the subject with your classes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Read through the entire packet before deciding to use this resource
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson attempts to establish gender norms while respecting the different types of gender expression, and comes with a caution to proceed only with the guidance of a mental health professional who is familiar with gender identification
  • Part of a series of lessons, designed to be used in order, that focuses on family life and sexual health
Pros

  • The packet includes flash cards, worksheets, suggested activities, and cautions about using the lesson
Cons

  • While learning to recognize frequently used gender symbols is important, the issues surrounding gender identity are inadequately addressed