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Roots of Terrorism
teachers guide

Resources for Teachers or Advanced Students

  • A Note to Teachers

  • Pre-Viewing Preparation

    Viewing the Documentary

    Post-Viewing Lesson Plans
  • First Reactions
  • Exploring Privilege
  • Meritocracy
  • Language
  • Taking Action

  • Internet and Other Resources

    Student Assignment Sheet
  • Definitions and Discussion Prompts
  • On the Web

    Teaching Tolerance
    A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center; provides a variety of anti-bias education resources.

    National Association for Multicultural Education
    The nation's largest professional organization for teachers engaged in multicultural education.

    National Conference for Community and Justice
    Has links to anti-bias education resources and organizations, including listings of many local initiatives.

    Television Race Initiative
    A project of PBS's independent film series, P.O.V. Guides for films related to racism (e.g., Twilight Los Angeles, Family Name, and An American Love Story) include extensive facilitation tips and discussion prompts for dialogues. In addition, the site's resources section features an excellent set of links to national organizations involved in combating hate.

    Facing History and Ourselves
    A national educational and teacher-training organization that encourages students to examine racism and prejudice in order to promote a more informed and humane citizenry.

    Association of Multiethnic Americans
    A nonprofit group that promotes a positive awareness of interracial and multiethnic identity. The site contains a great list of links to related organizations as well as recommended resources.


    Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development (Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998)
    A comprehensive anthology of articles, many of which could supply additional background for the activities described in this guide, including pieces on language, tracking, the influence of teacher expectations on student performance, and an abridged version of the Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege" article.

    Christine Clark and James O'Donnell, eds., Becoming and Unbecoming White: Owning and Disowning a Racial Identity (Bergin & Garvey, 1999)
    A collection of essays by people involved in multicultural education reflecting on the impact of race on their work.

    Beverly Daniel Tatum, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race (Basic Books, 1997)
    An easy-to-read psychological explanation of the development of racial identity.

    Robert Jensen, "More Thoughts on Why the System of White Privilege is Wrong" (1999)
    The reflections of a white male journalism professor at the University of Texas.

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