Resources for Teaching About Charlottesville, White Supremacy, Racism, and Hate

by Marsha Rakestraw Over the weekend, hatred and violence descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, as white nationalists amassed  to “take America back,” and opponents gathered to protest white supremacy and oppression. On Friday night white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus, carrying torches, chanting, and surrounding a small group of counterprotesters. On Saturday, people…

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Resources: Dare to be different

Atreverse a Ser Diferente

¿Qué es prejuicio? ¿Por qué algunas personas juzgan otras por sus diferencias? ¿Cómo podemos hacer elecciones positivas que reflejen comprensión, aceptación y tolerancia? Los estudiantes aprenderan sobre estos asuntos y tendrán la oportunidad de “atreverse a ser diferente” cambiando su apariencia por un día. Recomendado para grados 3-5 Duración: 1-2 días

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Resources: Mouse vs. Zucchini

Mouse vs. Zucchini: A Lesson on Perspective

Using a brief video featuring a mouse and a zucchini on a kitchen counter, students will consider the issue of perspective and discover and think about the perspectives of other people and of nonhuman animals. Recommended for grades 2-7. Time: 30 minutes

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Resources: What's in a name

What’s in a Name?

“You’re such a pig!” “She’s a total dog!” Help students examine our myths about and prejudices against animals, to explore why they exist, and to consider what we might want to change about our relationships with them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download…

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Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media

This lesson plan helps high school students (and adults) take a closer look at prejudices, the biases that media contain and perpetuate (such as in what they do and don’t report on, or how particular genders or ethnicities are portrayed), and the ways we are influenced by those media biases. Recommended for grades 9 and…

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Resources: Me Against My brother

Me Against My Brother: An Exploration of Genocide

Students explore genocide, its broader impacts, and develop a means for taking action to prevent or address genocide. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Time: Several days to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grade 8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some…

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Resources: Dare to be different

Dare to Be Different

What is prejudice? Why do some people judge others because of their differences? How can we make positive choices that reflect understanding, acceptance, and tolerance? Students learn about these issues and have a chance to “dare to be different” by altering their appearance for a day. Recommended for grades 3-5. Time: 1-2 days   Common…

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