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Acknowledgements plus full Teacher's Guide
Preface by Orlando Bagwell, Executive Producer, Matters of Race
Introduction by Margot Stern Strom, President, Facing History and Ourselves
Overview of the Teacher's Guide
PreView of the Teacher's Guide
Reading 1: "Dividing the World"
For reading on "The Divide" Show 1 of the Matters of Race series
Reading 2: "What is Race?"
Reading 3: "What is Culture?"
For reading on "Race Is/Race Ain't" Show 2 of the Matters of Race series
For reading on "We're Still Here" Show 3 of the Matters of Race series
For reading on "Tomorrow's America: EveryOther" the first episode of Show 4 of the Matters of Race series
For reading on "Tomorrow's America: Who I Became" the second episode of Show 4 of the Matters of Race
For reading on "Tomorrow's America: I Belong to This" the third episode of Show 4 of the Matters of Race series
Brought to you by Facing History and Ourselves and ROJA Productions
FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage middle and high school students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the history development and lessons of the Holocaust and other forms of collective violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. For more information, go to www.roja.tv.
Founded by Orlando Bagwell, ROJA Productions is a Harlem-based media company focusing on creating dynamic programs for television, museums and new digital formats that elucidate the American experience. For more information, go to www.roja.tv.
For more information about bringing Facing History to the classroom, contact:
Facing History and Ourselves. Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement. Facing History and Ourselves, 2002.
Lazzare, Jane. Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons. Duke University, 1996.
Liu, Eric. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. Random House, 1999.
Martinez, Ruben. Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail. Picador, 2002.
Senna, Danzy. Caucasia. Penguin Putnam, 1999.
Wideman, John Edgar. Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society. Random House, 1995.
MCREL's Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks
Correlation to MCREL's Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks
1 refers to PreView
2 refers to The Divide
3 refers to Race Is/Race Ain't
4 refers to We Are Still Here
5 refers to Tomorrow's America
Historical Understanding Level IV (Grades 9-12)
Standard 1: Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns
2. Understands historical continuity and change related to a particular development or theme. 1, 3, 4, 5
Standard 2: Understands the historical perspective
4. Analyzes the effects specific decisions had on history 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
5. Understands that the consequences of human intentions are influenced by the means of carrying them out 1, 3, 4, 5
10. Understands how the past affects our private lives and society in general 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
11. Knows how to perceive past events with historical empathy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Behavioral Studies Level IV (Grades 9-12)
Standard 1: Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
1. Understands that cultural beliefs strongly influence the values and behavior of the people who grow up in the culture, often without their being fully aware of it, and that people have different responses to these influences 2, 3, 4, 5
1. Understands that heredity, culture, and personal experience interact in shaping human behavior, and that the relative importance of these influences is not clear in most circumstances 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Understands that family, gender, ethnicity, nationality, institutional affiliations, socioeconomic status, and other group and cultural influences contribute to the shaping of a person's identity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Standard 4: Understands conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and institutions
1. Understands that conflict between people or groups may arise from competition over resources, power, and/or status 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Understands that intergroup conflict does not necessarily end when one segment of society gets a decision in its favor because the "losers" then may work even harder to reverse, modify, or circumvent the change 2, 3, 4, 5
10. Understands that the decisions of one generation both provide and limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
11. Understands that mass media, migrations, and conquest affect social change by exposing one culture to another, and that extensive borrowing among cultures has led to the virtual disappearance of some cultures but only modest changes in others 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Language Arts Level IV (Grades 9-12)
Standard 6: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts.
8. Understands how themes are used across literary works and genres 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
9. Makes connections between his or her own life and the characters, events, motives, causes of conflict in text 1
10. Relates personal response or interpretation of the text with that seemingly intended by the author. 1
11. Uses language and perspectives of literary criticism to evaluate literary works 1
Listening and Speaking
Standard 8: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes
2. Ask questions as a way to broaden and enrich classroom discussions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Uses a variety of strategies to enhance listening comprehension 2, 3, 4, 5
5. Makes formal presentations to the class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
9. Understands influences on language use 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
10. Understands how style and content of spoken language varies in different contexts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
11. Understands reasons for own reactions to spoken texts 2, 3, 4, 5
Standard 9: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
1. Uses a range of strategies to interpret visual media 2, 3, 4, 5
2. Uses a variety of criteria to evaluate informational media 2, 3, 4, 5
4. Uses strategies to analyze stereotypes in visual media 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Understands how images and sound convey messages in visual media 2, 3, 5
12. Understands the effects of visual media on audiences 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning