The purpose of this lesson plan is to “relate to the Tree of Life shooting when trying to engage the students in action against hate, racism, and antisemitism”. Thus, the Tree of Life shooting is used directly not only in day 1 activities but also as the example the teacher uses in order to teach students how to create their own electronic bulletin boards when researching. The action the students are taking is personal and within their school communities. As students explore their hate, racist, and antisemitic issues, they will learn and share this issue within their classroom. It is hoped that the videos will be uploaded onto YouTube or published on the school website. Thus, their products will be calls for action beyond themselves
Students will research, design, and create a digital video product (informative video) that creates awareness of racism, hate, and antisemitism. Each student will experience and help solve an issue surrounding racism, hate, and antisemitism while taking control over his/her own learning. While working in teams of 2, students will develop the soft skills of team building, time management, and problem solving the student will explore and gain insights into the very real-world problems surrounding racism, hate, and antisemitism.
Exposure to this type of deeper learning opportunity has proven to prepare students to be successful professionals, thinkers, and citizens in their adult lives. Just as SADD’s mission is “to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives”, these lessons are a step to empower young people to create a more diverse and accepting world that fights hate, racism, and antisemitism” where ever it is found.
This type of person can truly change the world!
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Projector, Laptops for Students, Internet Connection, smartboard rather than projector; computer room IF students do not have laptops
Instructional Time: 9 hours.