One issue that seems to continually crop up in the news today is racism. Let’s face it. Racism has been alive and well since the very beginning of time. Although we may believe that our children hold no racist views, this may not always be the case. In reality, we all shy away from anything (or anyone) that we view is different from ourselves. So how do we bring the issue to the forefront? How do we begin the conversation with our children?
This article is the second in a series of articles designed to provide you with a variety of resources to help you tackle the hard issue of racism with your children. These resources will include a variety of detailed lesson plans as well as a multitude of educational links. Hopefully, they will be a valuable addition to your lesson plans.
Racism: Educational Resources (Part 3 – Feathers in the Wind: A Jewish-American's Story)
This lesson plan “unpacks” stories told by Susan Stone, a professional storyteller, and invites students to reflect on their own lives and to explore the impact of gossip and hurtful worlds.
“Your words are like feathers in the wind. Once they’re gone you can’t get them back and you don’t know where they’ve go to.”
This unit seek to promote a culture of empathy and compassion.
- Downloadable printable lesson plan (Download the Feathers in the Wind lesson plan)
- Teacher guide
- Student activities
- Printed text of story
- Other Resources
Two audio stories accompany the unit:
(Need help to download the MP3 Story Excerpts? Click here for directions.)
In preparation for the unit, research ways to educate students about Jewish culture. In Denver, visit the Mizel Museum at 400 S Kearney Street. The museum is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Other Articles in this series:
- Racism: Educational Resources (Part 1 – I Am Indopino)
- Racism: Educational Resources (Part 2 – Dreaming of Cuba: Stories That Bind)
The next article to be published in this series: Racism: Educational Resources (Part 4 – Hidden Memory: Japanese American Incarceration)
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