"What's the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships?" Curriculum


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“What’s the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships?”

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For several decades research has suggested that rigid, narrow codes of masculinity and femininity drive poorer reproductive health outcomes, homophobia and gender-based violence. This is especially true among at-risk youth, particularly young people of color and/or the LGBTQ population. To improve health and education outcomes, there has been an increased focus on and commitment to designing “gender transformative” interventions which question, challenge and change rigid gender norms and inequities.

Built around the Common Core State Standards – The activities in this curriculum comprise a complex literacy project that engages students in the application of a wide range of higher level thinking skills, especially critical analysis, to their social context. This rigorous educational experience can help students to reach the highest benchmarks for the Common Core State Standards for English and Social Studies, as well as for the national learning standards for Health and Theater Arts.

Young people who participate in this curriculum will be able to discuss, analyze critically and write creatively the roles that gender and power play in their own lives, starting with discussions about our award-winning films and how they relate to students’ realities. Through this process, students can express their underlying beliefs and attitudes, start to share ideas and challenge peer social norms.

The central role that educators play in this process of discovery cannot be overstated. This is why Scenarios USA has created the What’s the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships? curriculum: to support the educators who are in the classroom affecting positive change for their students and for all of us.

What’s the REAL DEAL about writing narrative?
Scenarios USA believes in the power young people can gain by taking control over the telling and writing of their own narratives. The REAL DEAL curriculum engages students grades 6-12, regardless of their academic ability, in writing in their journals during every lesson. Allowing students to make the emotional connection to the concepts they are discussing helps them to feel more connected to their learning, their learning environment, and their teacher. Journal-writing also offers students an opportunity to reflect on what has helped to shape their story so far, in order that they may intentionally direct the unfolding of the next chapters in the culminating story, play or script.

Social emotional learning – This curriculum engages students of all abilities in the exploration of their empathy skills, which are vital to preventing violence in schools and communities. Students will explore prejudice and violence that is caused by intolerance of difference regarding gender, race, class and other identities. It is vital to the success of the implementation of this curriculum that students reject homophobic, trans-phobic, racist, sexist or other derogatory language in their discussions.