Students read aloud or dramatize a play in which a variety of shapes isolate themselves from one another as they proclaim their individual superiority.
ObjectivesStudents explore stereotypes and learn to appreciate how diversity can contribute to the culture as a whole.
diversity, citizenship, shapes, play, multicultural, prejudice
Organize students into four groups and assign each group one of the
shapes -- squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles -- in the play.
Have each group cut out, in various colors and sizes, an assortment
of construction paper representations of its assigned shape. Ask students
in each group to use some of their shapes to create a poster representing
the group. Provide students with copies of the play and ask for volunteers
to read and/or act out parts in the play. You may prefer to read the
play aloud to students as they act it out. Students can use the shapes
they create to construct some of the items mentioned in the play. Discuss
with students some of the questions provided at
Triangles Are Not Bad!
Note: Older students might follow the site's suggestion to explore the societal order of the planar world described in Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott (1963, B & N Imports).
AssessmentEvaluate students on their understanding of the concepts discussed following the play.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World (with resources from The Educators Referece Desk/ERIC)
Brenda Heredia, school psychologist, Oklahoma Child Service Demonstration Center