Aim: to show how we use "they" and "them" not just as plural, but also as singular pronouns.
Some ways we can use "they" and "them":
- More than one of a noun
- To refer to someone whom we don't the gender of
- For non-binary people
1) The PowerPoint is a series of pictures of people - sometimes one person, sometimes several. Click through and let the students think if they should use she/her, he/him, or they/them. When you click, you'll reveal the answer.
2) The first few are easy, but some tricky ones are thrown in - a person with a bag over their head, an astronaut in full gear, and a baby. I don't give the answer right away for these ones.
3) After the picture quiz, starting on slide 14, the PowerPoint then explains how we can use "they/them" when we don't know the person's gender.
4) Once that sinks in, I introduce the singer Sam Smith on slide 18, who is non-binary, and explain their pronouns, and then we watch a Sam Smith music video.
5) Students can introduce themselves with the final slide, like this: "Hello. I'm [ ]. My pronouns are [ ].