Lesson Plan

Sneakers and Prejudice: Letters to Challenge Bias

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School

COMMON CORE STANDARDS: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language

In November 2018, a nine-year old girl named Riley Morrison of Napa, CA wrote a letter to Stephen (Steph) Curry, a professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors. Riley wrote to ask Curry why his Under Armour basketball sneakers, the “Curry 5s,” weren’t available in girls’ sizes. She pointed out that they were available in boys’ sizes and customizable too.

In her letter, she wrote, “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.” Curry thanked Riley for reaching out and told her he would fix the problem.

This lesson provides an opportunity for elementary students to learn about the letters between Riley Morrison and Steph Curry, understand and explore the language of bias and discrimination and reflect on an experience with bias by writing a persuasive letter.

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