Media Analysis Lessons

Rachel Herrig
Authored on: Oct 29, 2015 10:10 PM
Lesson: Acceptance or tolerance?

Grade: 6

Objectives: Students will understand and identify the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Students will learn to accept the differences in all types of people. They will learn why tolerance is a “no” and acceptance is the way to go.


  •          Start with “I don’t really like cauliflower, but I’ll tolerate it.” (What does that mean? Student share (Put up with))
  •          My parents are accepting of my decision to go to ____ University (What does that mean? Student share. Are they happy/ sad?)
  •          Show video:
  •          What is the difference between acceptance and tolerance when we’re talking about people? (Students share)
  •          Read definitions

o   (from Google…tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with)

o   (from Google…acceptance: the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group)

  •          What would it mean to tolerate somebody? To accept them? (Students share)
  •          How would you feel if somebody only tolerated you?
  •          Why wouldn’t somebody be accepted (Student share: disagree with views/ they’re different answer) Ask: Why does that matter? (If somebody says because they’re wrong) Ask: Says who?
  •          Why would tolerance be a “no” and acceptance the way to go?


Students will write a paper answering the following.

  •          In your own words, describe the differences between tolerance and acceptance. (20%)
  •          Why is acceptance the way to go? (30%)
  •          Write a paragraph discussing how could show somebody that you accept and support them-especially if there are differences between you. How can YOU be the change in the world? (50 %)