Lesson Title: Crash Course Intersectionality
Topic(s)- Fairness
Grade Level(s): 11+

Introduction: This lesson serves to introduce students the concept of
intersectionality to help them better examine the world around them, including
social problems.

Lesson Objectives:
Students will: (examples)
 Analyze current social problems in the United States
 Examine these social problems through an Intersectional Lens
 Reflect on their own intersectional identities.
Teacher Background: The teacher should be familiar with the ideas of privilege
and oppression and how some groups are privileged or oppressed. The teacher should be familiar with the idea of intersectionality.

Intro: The teacher will show the ted talk found in the link in the sources section.
Main: The teacher will lead a guided discussion around the following
1. What was the main point of the TED Talk?
2. What is Intersectionality?
3. Why is it important?
4. Why are issues often intersectional?
5. What are some intersectional identities you have? How do these affect your

Homework: The student will choose a social issue they care about and write a paper
about the intersectionality of that issue and propose solutions to said issue. Some
topics may include hate crimes, poverty, wage gap etc.,
Documents used in the lesson: (Links to documents and worksheets)
Extension activities:
Sources and suggestions for additional readings:


Author Information: Matthew Klein is an Education Intern at Our Family
Coalition in San Francisco, Ca.

Standards: CCSS 3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
(one-on- one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade topics and
texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own
CCSS RI 12.2- Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their
development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on
one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the
W.1 – Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or
texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.