September Week 1 Activity

Gender Sensitivity role plays from our ‘Classic’ collection 

Type of activity: School Level Activity


Gender stereotypes often arise in social situations. Children face a great deal of pressure to be popular and to conform to their peer groups. Acting out realistic social situations in a safe, controlled classroom environment is a good way to prepare students for situations that might come up. It also helps children think about their roles in both fighting and perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Expected Outcomes

  1. To encourage students to speak openly about gender stereotypes and how the pressure to conform to socially constructed gender norms influence their daily lives
  2. To use dramatic expression to brainstorm ways to combat rigid ideas about gender in their daily lives.
  3. To internalize the fact that teasing or bullying someone because they do not conform to gender norms or stereotypes is never acceptable and ultimately harms all of us
  4. To continue developing a community where individual identity is respected, and students feel safe about expressing themselves
  5. To form a collective definition of gender that respects a wide variety in gender expression

  1. Make groups of 5-6 students and share the activity with your class and allot one role card to each group. Kindly refer this file - Role Play Scenarios
  2. Ask the members of each group to coordinate with their respective groups online and come up with a role play based on the role card allotted to them, to help them think about gender and gender-identity-based teasing and bullying at home, school, and society.
  3. Allow 3-4 days for the students to prepare for the role play, with a solution at the end of the role play.
  4. On the final day, connect with the students on your online teaching/learning system (Zoom, Microsoft, Google, etc.) and ask the groups to present their role plays.
  5. After each role play, ask the following questions to the remaining class about the problem and possible solutions to the problem -
  • What are the stereotypes in the act?
  • What do you think are the causes of the problems enacted here?
  • What are some possible, realistic solutions to this problem?
  • How does thinking about gender as a social construction change our way of looking at these scenarios?
     6. Share the recording of the session with us at 

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