What does it mean to have SOGI addressed in the curriculum?
Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) is not its own curriculum; it is one aspect of diversity that is embedded across a range of grades and subject areas. SOGI-inclusive education is fundamentally about learning to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of our differences. All students need to see themselves and their families reflected in lessons, language and practices. Like other forms of inclusion in schools, the goal of SOGI-inclusive education is for everyone to understand the diverse society that we live in and to feel safe, valued, and respected.
The Ministry of Education is responsible for the creation of BC curriculum. SOGI 1 2 3 provides ready-to-use, grade-appropriate SOGI-inclusive lesson plans that align with that curriculum. Teachers can adapt or adopt SOGI 1 2 3 lesson plans to meet the needs of their classrooms.
Looking for something different? You may also want to engage students using the Pro-D videos and learning modules.
Elementary Lesson Plans
“It’s critical that we as educators start this conversation with children during the early primary years, as this is when children are forming lasting ideas about including others and accepting differences.”
Steve Mulligan, Vancouver Elementary Educator
The following elementary lesson plans support the requirements of the BC curriculum.
Each link below summarizes the big ideas, curriculum competencies, lesson plan overview, and more—and includes a link to a downloadable Word doc of the full lesson plan. Some lesson plans are also available for download in French, with more on the way.
Are you celebrating Pink Shirt Day or International Day of Pink?
Everyone can do something for Pink Day! Be creative, have fun, and most importantly make the day meaningful by exploring the origin of the day, how gender stereotypes affect all of us, and how to speak up when we hear name-calling or discrimination. Download our Pink Day Toolkit to find out more, and choose a SOGI-inclusive lesson plan for the following day.
Secondary Lesson Plans
“84% of senior years teachers reported including LGBTQ+ content in their curriculum.”
Educator, "Every Teacher Project" Final Report, Egale 2016
The following secondary lesson plans support the requirements of the BC curriculum.
Each link below summarizes the big ideas, curriculum competencies, lesson plan rationale, and more—and includes a link to a downloadable Word doc of the full lesson plan. Some lesson plans are also available for download in French, with more on the way.
10/11/12 Social Studies / BC First Peoples / Indigenous Studies – First People’s Perspectives on Gender (EN/FR)
Proven SOGI Curriculum Resources
The following resources have been created by educators to support integration of SOGI into the K-12 curriculum.
Some recommended titles are available in digital alternate format for students with perceptual disabilities in British Columbia. These materials can be accessed by registered users of the Accessible Resource Centre – BC. If the required title and/or format cannot be located in the ARC-BC repository, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a production request.