Lesson Plan on Jargon in Schools

SoundOut students in Seattle share their picket signs celebrating student voice.
SoundOut students in Seattle share their picket signs celebrating student voice.

FACILITATOR NOTES

Introduction: Lesson plan for a variable number of students and adults

Goal: When this session is complete, participants should be able to…

  • Develop awareness of how language is used
  • Define unknown terms
  • Build community in school and have fun

Time: 60 minutes

Materials: A small flag for each person (people can make their own)

Space: None

Considerations: Language defines a group of people. You know you are in a group when you can “talk the talk”. In meetings, where a lot of jargons gets used, it’s important to provide a mechanism to break down the walls of exclusion that language can create. In introducing this technique, make sure you communicate fun. If people can treat it as a game, they won’t feel attacked if and when a flag is raised on them. This is also known as “Educationese 102.”

 


PROCEDURES

  1. Hand out flags to everyone. Ask them to raise the flag every time someone uses a word they don’t understand. When a flag goes up, the person raising it says the word, and the person who said the word has to give a definition.
  1. If you would like, turn it into a competition: Whom can have the fewest flags raised? The point is to have fun, while making sure people are communicating clearly.

 

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