Can you name one stereotype you have heard?
A stereotype is a belief about a group of people Stereotypes can be based on race, gender, age, or other characteristics Stereotypes can be positive or negative
stereotype: A belief that all members of a group have certain characteristics or behave in a certain way group: A number of people or things that are located, gathered, or classed together characteristic: A quality or feature regarded as a distinguishing mark of a person or thing
What do you think of stereotypes?
- They are bad and should be avoided
- They can be useful and help us understand each other better
- Stereotypes are a way of thinking that can't be changed
- Stereotypes can be true sometimes
The term 'stereotype' was first used in the printing business to refer to duplicate printing plates. Some stereotypes are so widely believed that people assume them to be true and don't question them. Research suggests that people may use stereotypes as mental shortcuts to quickly make judgments about others.
Do you think that all stereotypes are bad? Why or why not?
Draw / write: What are some of the positive impacts that stereotypes can have on our culture?
How can we use stereotypes to better understand ourselves and others?
Have you ever experienced a time when a stereotype was wrong about you or someone you know?