Lesson Plan

  • Grades 11-12

Transforming a Culture of Silence: Preventing Sexual Violence and Rape

Lesson Details

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

● Define verbal and non-verbal consent

● Identify societal factors that enable silence, bystander behavior and complicity to be acceptable when sexual violence and rape occur

● Identify individual and collective steps to prevent sexual violence

● Explore the words and actions of upstanders in the film as prosocial models of prevention and action through structured dialogue groups

● Write out specific steps each person can take to inform, intervene and act to eliminate rape culture

GRADE LEVELS: 10–12

SUBJECT AREAS

English/Language Arts, Health, Media Studies, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Roll Red Roll and the crimes that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio have strong echoes in many current and historical periods and in literature. Some suggested texts include The Scarlet Letter, Their Eyes Were Watching God andI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

MATERIALS

● Film clips from Roll Red Roll and equipment on which to show them

Handouts and Important Terminology List

ESTIMATED TIME NEEDED

● Lesson requires at least two class periods, 50 minutes each.

● Extended Learning requires one additional class period.