Exploring identity and inclusivity

This diversity and inclusion lesson plan, promotes students to explore identities and their sense of self. Students learn skills and strategies to promote inclusion, equality and respectful relationships.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students learn about the skills and strategies that can be used to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships, and those that can be used to manage change and challenges and to seek help.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify how people differ
  • define respectful relationships and inclusivity.
Activity 01

Brainswarm: All the ways we can be different 15 min

Class discussion: differences make us interesting and unique. Exploring and respecting other people’s differences and connecting through similarities enables us to feel safe, to trust others and to express ourselves.

  1. Students use one small index card (5×7) each and a handful of sticky notes.
  2. Students are allocated two minutes to record all the ways we, as humans, can be different. Examples can include sex, sexuality, gender, race, religion and spirituality, where we live, family structure, values, beliefs, culture, language and the types of relationships we have. (Discussion prompts can include friendships and intimate relationships, and opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.)
  3. Invite students to place their card on the classroom wall or designated space for display.
  4. As a group, students explore the cards on display.
  5. Students use sticky notes to vote for cards they agree with. Where students agree, they put their sticky notes on top of the card(s).
  6. As a class, discuss the top three response cards voted for and the benefits of valuing diversity.