Me, You, Us!

Once students begin to understand their own identity (ME) and are curious about other students' identities (YOU), they can contribute to US.

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This is a lesson that is good for students 9-12th grade.

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Class can open with showing a Privilege Walk video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ Students can then have an opportunity to participate in a Privilege Walk (see attachment from College Board) themselves. (I choose to have some of my classes close their eyes while participating then opening their eyes at the end for more honest responses).

Go over Discrimination Vocabulary (see attachment from College Board). Add define of micro aggressions: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.

Play OPB radio broadcast talking to High School students about micro aggressions they hear at school. http://www.opb.org/news/article/microaggressions-clackamas-high-students/and /or show this video about micro aggressions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RfwnibEd3A 

What can students do?

This Ted Talk video by Mellody Hobson challenges students to be Color Brave vs. Color Blind. https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave?language=en

What would you do if you saw someone being discriminated against? Show empathy vs sympathy video clip from Brene' Brown.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

Show clips from ABC's What Would You Do?:
Interracial video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtUczwcvqrU
Sexism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4xM6JU8P5k
Transgender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBQl7vmcrbk

Class discussion/feedback on videos and ask students what they would have done? Students can also talk or write about a time they stuck up for someone or choose to be a bystander. The class can brain storm ideas they can create a better learning environment/class/school/community.

You can end this lesson with a video about being more than just a label: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBMt0xatNeM



[Optional] Synthesize a little! What's one take away or insight to leave people with?

The more we know about ourselves and our ability and willingness to learn about others the more we can use our voice against discrimination in today's world. As educators we can empower our students to advocate for themselves and the causes that make them passionate. It all starts with an understanding of who we are and an empathic response to other people's experiences.

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Photo of Cathy Wolfe

So many powerful resources you've shared. What time frame would you recommend for this lesson?

Photo of Nicole Ayala

I do this lesson during the summer, 9th grade counts. It usually takes me 2, 60 minute periods.

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