Wow. This was a very successful lesson I think. I will have to try this in a classroom sometime with a current event.
Yesterday, I wrote about my plan to discuss race and specifically Michael Brown and Ferguson in my classroom today.
We began with a “think, pair, share” activity. I asked the students why it’s uncomfortable to talk about race. Their answers:
- “Political correctness makes us feel like we’re walking on eggshells.”
- “Someone might take offense when no offense was intended.”
- “It’s awkward to talk about race with or around different races.”
- “There is still a lot of anger about slavery.”
I then asked them what color they see when they hear or read the word “race.” The students who called out answered “black.” I asked them if they think of white people as having a race. One white student shared that she doesn’t think of herself as being part of a race until she really thinks about it. White, for many of my students, represents the absence of race.
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