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Hello Awesome Educators,
Last year, I received a letter from a former fifth grade student that I taught 22 years ago. She wrote to tell me the biggest lessons that she learned that year was learning about the concept of prejudice. She said it changed her world. I remembered that year vividly because it was my first year as an educator, and it was the first year that they began busing students from other parts of the city into my school. It was definitely a time of transition for all. My students began going to school or bussed into a school with students from various nationalities and from different economic classes. It was a lot for a new teacher to process or understand. However, I knew I must do something to help with this transition. I began a unit of prejudice using the novel Sounder. It was certainly a success. They got mad, laughed, smiled and were sad but it was worth it! My students used the following graphic organizer to help process the text by identifying examples of prejudice that they found in the novel, Sounder and for our daily group discussions. After the unit, my students wrote a paper on prejudice in which they were able to use their notes for support. That was their assessment for the unit. Their understanding as well as their writing solidify why I have remained in education after 22 years and that’s because making a difference matters!
Tips: (Make several copies for students—They will need duplicates or run off front and back)
• Define prejudice and allow the students to write that down on the graphic. Always refer back to that definition as you read the text of your choosing.
• Do several examples with the class. They must understand what you expect if they are going to be released to do it on their own. It won’t hurt to have a large graphic organizer posted in your class up for the students to see.
• Student discussion is ESSENTIAL!
• Activate prior learning by doing a KWL chart on the concept of prejudice
• You do not have to use the novel, Sounder. Use a book that your students are interested in.
If you have any more questions about how I used this organizer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org