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High School Workshop Toolkit: Social Relationships Activity
A crosswalk full of people, some couples, some families, others single strangers.
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high school
introduction to sociology

How to Cite

Metzger, Ashley, and Maria Peden. 2023. “High School Workshop Toolkit: Social Relationships Activity”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This lesson includes a class activity and its associated usage notes where students will learn about the social construction of groups and their impact on the life chances of individuals through the exploration of social relationships. This activity was designed with high school level or undergraduate sociology students in mind. The activity is a great...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

Generally, as it is currently designed, this activity is often used at the beginning of
the lesson to help students start to think about what social relationships are and how their own
social relationships function in our society as advantages for some and disadvantages for others
before engaging more specifically with concepts like social...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To develop or enhance a shared language, a shared analytical framework, and a shared
    history of the social relationships, social capital, and socialization
  2. To better understand the institutional and cultural construction of social
  3. To support and enhance research and analysis skills.
  4. To reflect on how the construction of social relationships informs both personal and
    societal paradigms, policies, and values today.
  5. To investigate ways in which students can personally and collectively resist, transgress,
    and/or transform the legacy of socialization and social capital.
  6. To better understand social capital, as well as to explore our own social capital.

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