Students explore race and racism by thinking and writing about how a classroom is filled with kids that each have different likes and dislikes, different parents and homes, different experiences and habits. Students analyze who they play with. Students debate if skin color matters between two people in love. Students think about why modern movies include actors from a variety of cultures. Students answer the question, “Is Santa white?” Students think about music and if one type is “white music” and another type is “black music”. Students write what comes to mind when they hear the words “white person”, and the same when they hear the words “black person”. Students explore why it is so tough for white people to talk to black people about race and racism. Students imagine a world in which everyone looked the same.
Thirty-one writing prompts to get your students thinking about differences and how we notice them. Only one page asks the direct question, “What is racism?” The other thirty put race relations into an easy-to-understand context so that students have details to think about from their real lives. As you teach these lessons, help your students understand bias and how we tend to favor cultures and people who reflect who and what we are surrounded by. Encourage students to step outside of the culture they were raised in and try to understand things from a different point of view.
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