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An in-progress collection of resources for teachers trying to incorporate women's & gender studies and feminist materials in their classrooms.

PLEASE SEND US ANY MATERIALS, IDEAS, RESOURCES, and LINKS you think should be on here! And as always, please be critical of all materials and links on this page. We encourage constructive feedback and criticism. This is a work in progress!


Most of the files available for download here are PDFs. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/.



Great Places to Start

PDF: Bringing Feminism into Your Classroom by Michelle Miller for the Miss G Project

PDF: Women's Studies & Gender Issues Interdisciplinary Course Syllabus by Linda Kalafadides at L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute in Toronto

Course materials from Shannon Mills at Parry Sound High School:

PDF: Gender Studies Resource List
PDF: Gender Studies Glossary
PDF: First Day Quiz (+ answer key)

PDF: "A Day Without Feminism", excerpt from Manifesta! Young Women, Feminism and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

Women's Studies & Women's issues Internet Resources compiled by Joan Korenman (University of Maryland Baltimore)

Films for the Feminist Classroom from Signs



Lesson/Unit Plans & Workshops

PDF: Dissecting Seventeen Workshop
Your students read magazines, a lot more than they read books, and it’s a good idea to bring them into your classroom for dissection.

PDF: "Wanna Be On Top?" Sexism and Media's Next Top Ideas on How Women and Men 'Should' Act
90 minute workshop using clips from America's Next Top Model

PDF: Breaking the Cycle: Sexual Assault Workshop
90 minute workshop confronting myths and discussing scenarios about sexual violence and assault

PDF: Workshop on Homophobia Using Theatre of the Oppressed
Finding ways to combat homophobia through Forum Theatre (3 hour workshop for secondary school students) by Jocelyn Wickett

PDF: Letter Writing Campaign
Writing letters is good protest strategy for young people because a letter can either mask or stress the writer’s age, either to legitimize their opinions or tug on heartstrings. If your class is mounting a grand letter-writing campaign against some injustice, stage the mailing of thirty-five or a hundred letters as a great photo op.

+ helpful links:
How to Write a Protest Letter by Jennifer Pozner
How to Write Letters to the Editor and Opinion Pieces from the American College of Emergency Physicians
PDF: Hip Hop & Gender Unit
PDF: Hip Hop & Gender Workshop (2 hours)
Some of the most popular Miss G workshops are the one's we've done on hip hop. These units and workshops provide students access to knowledge about hip hop with which they can begin to take up the race, class, gender and sexual politics that hip hop espouses as well as to look at the problems with those same issues that hip hop is plagued by. These studies encourage students to approach hip hop in a way that is both appreciative and critically perceptive of its intersectional and paradoxically oppositional politics so that they can battle it out for themselves how they wish to situate and be situated by this cultural movement.
+ helpful links:
Suggested Hip Hop Reading & Flim List from AKILA Worksongs (PDF)
Beyond Beats and Rhymes, film by Byron Hurt

PDF: Toys R Us Scavenger Hunt
Students become anthropologists researching the gendering process through toys and games (by Rachael McKnight)

PDF: "Speaking of Women and Men"
Comparing adjectives used to describe women and men (by Rachael McKnight)

PDF: Lesson Plan on "X: A Fabulous Child's Story" (75 mins)
(by Rachael McKnight)

PDF: Heteronormativity: It's Everywhere
(by Rachael McKnight)

PDF: Challenging Your Assumptions
Students read sentences and identify the assumptions inherent in each regarding age, ability, appearance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and social/economic class, power or status (by Rachael McKnight)

Media Awareness Resources

"How to Detect Bias in News Media" from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Media Awareness Network - media literacy for young people



Anti-Racism Resources

PDF: Feminist Tools for Recognizing and Countering Racism - a must-read reading list excerpted from WoC PhD blog

"Not the Master’s Tools: A glossary of terms used in anti-racist feminism" by Ashley Dryburgh

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh - unfortunately out of print, but there is an excerpt available online here: http://mmcisaac.faculty.asu.edu/emc598ge/Unpacking.html

"Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing" by Andrea Smith - available online here: http://girlarmy.org/reader/Three%20Pillars.pdf



GLBTQ Resources

"Creating a Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit" + lesson plans for building allies for GLBTQ Youth, from Advocates for Youth

"One Umbrella, Many People: Diversity within the LGBTQ Community" by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)



Resources on Masculinity, Men and Boys

Authors Michael Kaufman, Kevin Powell, and Jackson Katz have produced a great deal of key reading material on the subject of men and boys and constructions of masculinity - and a lot of it is available online, too.

Articles by Michael Kaufman (on his website)

Who's Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America and The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life, by Kevin Powell

10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence by Jackson Katz

The White Ribbon Campaign - Men working to end men's violence against women. A Canadian group engaging men and boys in achieving gender equity.

Masc Mag - "a space for young men to explore how masculinity affects their lives in a magazine that doesn't put down women and other guys in an effort to make us feel better about ourselves or like more of a man"

Voice Male - another male positive, pro-feminist mag

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks



Other Resources

Minimum Wage Fact Sheets from GrowingGap.ca for talking about gender and economic inequality

DAWN (DisAbled Women's Network of Ontario)

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - a grassroots campaign out of Montreal

Confabulous - politics and pop culture from a Canadian perspective and for a funny, fearless, female audience.



+ Really Awesome Comprehensive Equity Training Manuals

"Empowering Young Women to Lead Change: A Training Manual" produced by World YWCA

"Don't Make Me Repeat Myself! A Peer Educator's Advocacy Training Manual for Youth on Gender-Based Violence" (PDF) produced by METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women & Children)

 

   
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