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Gender Revolution and the Classroom

Encourage students to engage in thoughtful conversations around gender and identity

A photograph of five-year-old Ellie Ford's portrait of herself and her family.

Five-year-old Ellie Ford's portrait of herself and her family.

Photograph courtesy of National Geographic and Chris Wrobleski.

 

Educators seeking to create safe, and welcoming classrooms that facilitate learning can use these resources to promote cultural competencies. Culture is the learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods. Cultural competence is being aware of one's own culture and story, being curious about and developing respect for the stories and cultures of others, and developing the skills to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures.


From National Geographic Channel

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Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric is a special two-hour documentary on the shifting landscape of gender. Although one’s gender identity is an intensely personal subject, the individuals in this feature agreed to share their stories. Journeys in Film created a guide that can help parents and educators better understand and discuss the meaning of gender.

Disclaimer: The content of this guide is solely the responsibility of the author and does not represent the official views of National Geographic Education.

 

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If you are interested in hosting a free screening of this film at your school or organization, please submit your request here. For more information on Gender Revolution visit the National Geographic Channel. 


From National Geographic Magazine

Steinem on Gender

Steinem on Gender  

Gloria Steinem, a leading feminist and writer, shares her thoughts on gender.

Sandberg on Gender

Sandberg on Gender  

Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead shares a few thoughts on gender.


Classroom Resources

Teach about gender, sexuality, and tolerance using resources from National Geographic.

Cultural Diversity in the United States

Cultural Diversity in the United States  

Students learn about several different metaphors that have been used to describe cultural diversity in the United States. Then they choose a metaphor that represents today’s diverse cultural landscape.

Gender Roles in Jewish and Muslim Cultures

Gender Roles in Jewish and Muslim Cultures  

Students examine the concepts of gender roles, cultural convergence, and cultural divergence in the context of Jewish and Muslim religious cultures.

Breaking Down Invisible Walls

Breaking Down Invisible Walls  

Students make social boundary maps of the divisions in their communities and discuss ways to cross them. 

Crossing Cultural Borders

Crossing Cultural Borders  

Students explore pathways to intercultural awareness and develop strategies to bridge cultural barriers.


Other Resources

Check out these other National Geographic Programs!

Explorers in the Classroom

Explorers in the Classroom  

Transport your students from the classroom to the frontiers of exploration through live video conversations with National Geographic Explorers.

Educator Certification

Educator Certification  

Join the 30,000+ educators who have completed a National Geographic teacher training program.

National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee  

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire  and reward students' curiosity about the world.