Danger of a Single Story

Subgroup Size

Entire group


1 hour

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Created by Florence A. Adibu, Purdue CILMAR, based on the following:


Ngozi Adichie, C. (2009, July). The danger of a single story [Video]. TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story


As a result of using this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Understand the ways in which narratives and stories can create stereotypes about people and places. 2. Analyze “single stories” participants may have about specific people or cultures. 3. Demonstrate how “single stories” influence bias and stereotypes in order to complicate and grow out of these viewpoints.