This resource was developed to use as a tool for reflection in watching the documentary series "America to Me." It includes a one-page task description as well as a sample response. In her classic essay, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” scholar Rudine Sims Bishop described how multicultural literature can help students explore the unfamiliar (windows), while also serving as a way to affirm the validity of their own experience when they see themselves (mirrors). These works can also be transformative, allowing students to enter and be changed by the experience (sliding glass doors). Educator Greg Michie describes using these metaphors with his middle school students in his book "Same as it Never Was," (which along with the documentary, is the other main text for the course) and I have adapted this idea for use with the video documentary in my undergraduate Public Purposes of Education class.
Note that educators can sign up (at this writing) for free access to the documentary for the year 2020.
This structured reflection worked really well last year, so now I'm sharing again as I prepare to start a new semester. Download is in Word format so that educators can edit for their own purposes.