Challenging Social Boundaries
Stuents learn about historical incidents of race discrimination and public protest, drawing parallels to present day social barriers and the need for social action. Students define stereotype, discrimination, racism, and prejudice and brainstorm a social action plan to heal racism. Students organize a “Mix It Up Day!” with the intention of breaking down social and racial barriers in the school lunchroom.
Students will describe how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat was a continuation of long-standing acts of protest against forced segregation in public spaces in the South. They will explain how her action, which ushered change in public transportation, was heroic.
Students will describe the role that racism plays in self-betrayal and self-deception. They will reflect on how historic racist actions contributed to racial discrimination and strife in American society.
Students will define stereotype, discrimination and prejudice. They will brainstorm a social action plan to heal racism.
Using the examples of history, the learners will describe the benefits of forming a non-profit organization to accomplish a cause rather than working alone. They will experience how a non-profit organization works by forming a mock organization within their classroom.
Learners will sponsor Mix It Up Day, a national project to promote diversity within a school environment. Learners will experience roles as private citizens attempting to change behavior.