Racism - 2

Foundational

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Teachers

Definition: The word ''race'' is used to describe people based on their physical appearance, or color of their skin. Racism is when a group of people are treated unfairly because of their race. Unfortunately, some groups of people are even treated differently because of the color of their skin.

Questions

  • Were you ever treated differently for how you look? If so how did it make you feel?
  • Have you ever seen someone teased because of the way they look?
  • Have you ever treated someone differently because of the way they look.

Discuss with students simple differences between them.


    Possible activity to review the discussion point:

  • Possible activities to review the discussion point: Step in Step Out - Have students stand in a circle and ask specific questions that allow them to step into the circle. For Example - Everyone with blue eyes step into the circle. Everyone with brown hair step into the circle.

Activity 1: Sameness

Make a list of your favorite toys, athletes, singers, or superheros. Next to each one, write down if you look similar or different to them.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Racism Vs. Bias

Read the scripts below and have the students answer the questions below in a group or on their own.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Racism Script:
Chris: Hey let’s play super heroes.
PJ: That sounds great, I want to be Superman.
Chris: You can't be Superman, he is white and you are black.


What should PJ say?

Why is this racism?

Hidden Bias Script
SiLAS: Hey Lexi, are you here for the cheerleader tryouts?
Lexi: No, I am here for the football team tryouts. I want to be the kicker.
SiLAS: But you are a girl, you can't play football.


What should Lexi say?

Why is this a hidden bias?

Activity 3: Incentive

Have students sit in their seats in rows. Announce to the class that “to demonstrate racism and discrimination only the students in the front section of the class will recieve an incentive (ie. candy, HW free pass, something simple).” Have students in the front take an incentive and pass the rest back until all the incentives are gone. Have students fill out the questions below.

(Feel free to modify the activity at your discretion. Examples - segregate by color of shirt, pants, hair color... )

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Were you a student who received or did not recieve an incentive? How did you feel?

Did anyone give their incentive to someone who did not receive one?

What should the teacher have done differently?

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating using and not using strategies to achieve appropriate personal space. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

Utilize current classroom literature that demonstrates handling opposition.

Need to add books or resources

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Answer the question below.

1. Make a list of your favorite toys, athletes, singers, or superheros. Next to each one, write down if you look similar or different to them.


Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Read the scripts below and answer the following questions.

Racism Script:
Chris: Hey let’s play super heroes.
PJ: That sounds great, I want to be Superman.
Chris: You can't be Superman, he is white and you are black.


1. What should PJ say?

2. Why is this racism?

Hidden Bias Script
SiLAS: Hey Lexi, are you here for the cheerleader tryouts?
Lexi: No, I am here for the football team tryouts. I want to be the kicker.
SiLAS: But you are a girl, you can't play football.


3. What should Lexi say?

4. Why is this a hidden bias?

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Answer the question below.

1. Were you a student who received or did not recieve an incentive? How did you feel?

2. Did anyone give their incentive to someone who did not receive one?

3. What should the teacher have done differently?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1.

2.