Racial/Cultural Diversity Activities

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13 drama activities designed to help students of all cultural backgrounds accept and understand one another.

Drama class offers an excellent opportunity for young people to appreciate one another’s differences, and to recognize the ways we are alike. Drama class is a place for inclusion, not exclusion, and therefore can offer a safe place for students of all ethnicities and cultures to find a sense of belonging. These activities are designed to help students develop acceptance for each other no matter their cultural background or color of their skin.

Use this material at your own discretion, and in keeping with your school’s policies.

IMPORTANT: Before doing any diversity activity, it is important to have already developed trust among your group. This means that the members of your class/group already know one another and there is an atmosphere of mutual support among the students. Do not lead diversity lessons or any other lesson that could be sensitive for some students at the beginning of the year/semester or with a new group.

Here is a link to our series of activities for building ensemble.

Included in this 23-page tutorial are:
  • 13 original activities and drama games that teach about accepting one another’s differences.
  • 59 suggested books to teach racial/cultural diversity, listed by age range and country of origin.
  • Two activities for use with the story books.
  • Selection of Drama Notebook plays that help teach racial and cultural diversity, with discussion questions.

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