Lesson Plans and Tool Kits

Around the Rainbow: Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers Working with GLBTTQ Parents and Their Kids

Around the Rainbow – 2006
This toolkit provides information, tools, handouts and resources for parents, educators and service providers to support the creation of inclusive spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two spirit and queer parents and their children.

Challenging Homophobia in Schools: A Handbook for Educators

Pride Education Network BC – 2004
This excellent resource includes many practical lesson plans for students from K-12, as well as a rationale on why schools need to teach about sexual orientation. Also contains a comprehensive background section on homophobia and heterosexism and supporting students by starting a gay-straight alliance.
Table of Contents available here.
To order copies ($32.00 ea) contact info@pridenet.ca

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Kaleidoscope Youth Centre – 2009
This document provides teachers with 10 concrete steps they can take to reduce homophobia and transphobia and create inclusiveness in their classrooms.

Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit

Advocates for Youth
This online toolkit is comprised of 3 sections: a series of 12 lesson plans; a blueprint for redresssing homophobia and creating awareness among your staff; strategies for becoming a GLBTQ ally.

Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Resources

The GLSEN website is a rich clearinghouse for lesson plans, curricular tools, information on teacher training programs and more. You can also join GLSEN's Educators Network Mailing List to be kept up-to-date about the latest resources.

Heterosexim Questionaire

PFLAG Westchester
This questionaire raises questions which highlight the often invisible assumptions behind heterosexism. A powerful resource for teaching and learning about straight privilege – appropriate for high school students.

Kaleidoscope Youth Centre Resources

The Professionals section of the Kaleidoscope Youth website includes downloadable resources and activities. Especially useful for it's list of films and books with LGBT characters, which could be used with middle and high school students.

Lesson Plans

EGALE Canada
MyGSA.ca is an online resource hub for classroom materials related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning equity and inclusive education. Includes a searchable collection of relevant lesson plans for educators.

One of Them

Elise Swerhone – 2000
This 25 minute DVD is set in a high school and serves as a useful discussion starter. Jamie is shocked when she and her best friend become victims of homophobic name-calling, but she must face up to her own reactions as she realizes that her friend is "one of them" and needs her support.

Positive Space Take Action Kit

Elementary Teachers Fedreation of Ontario
This practical kit discusses ten ways educators can take action to create safe, supportive elementary school communities for all students, especially those who are LGBT.

Rainbows and Triangles: A Curriculum Document for Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism in the K-6 Classroom

Toronto District School Board – 2003
This compilation of resources includes lesson plans, definitions, FAQs, resource lists and community contacts. Age-appropriate teaching strategies are given to present concepts of diverse family structures, human rights, homophobia and how to challenge discrimination.
To order a copy, contact: curriculumdocs@tdsb.on.ca

A Rainbow Celebration: Gays & Lesbians in Books for Children

San Francisco Public Library
This online bibliography is an annotated list of picture books and fiction/non-fiction titles with gay and lesbian characters and/or themes. Aimed at children from ages 3-12.

Respecting Sexual Diversity: Lesson Plan

Alberta Health Services – 2012
This lesson plan helps high school students examine the impact of homophobia and heterosexism and develop understandings that respect sexual diversity.

Lesson Plans on Sexual Orientation

Teaching Tolerance
This website provides free educational materials on various social justice topics for teachers and other school staff. This particular section focuses on lesson plans and classroom acitivities about sexual orientation. Note that all the activities are searchable by age, subject and grade level.

Think B4 You Speak: An Educator’s Guide

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
This guide consists of six educational activities that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of LGBT issues. The activities focus on discussing and addressing anti-gay language among teens.

Tips for Making Classrooms Safer for Youth with LGBT Parents

An online tip sheet on how to create welcoming classrooms for students with LGBT parent/guardians.

What Do You Say to "That's So Gay"?

Around the Rainbow – 2006
This guide provides advice for responding to the troubling phrase "That's so gay". Brief but useful.