DAY 1: ANTISEMITISM AND THE MEDIA
- The purpose of defining antisemitism is to determine what opinions students already hold. It’s important they can define the term so that they can better identify it in society. The news uses this term, so they need to understand it to know what happened.
- The purpose of viewing and reading news is because this is generally how we as a society get our information. How the news portrays tragedies is important to analyze so that we can decide how we will take this news and react to it. Hearing from the people in the community and the politicians gives students a foundation to create their own proactive opinions to start movements that will fight hatred.
- Note: All news contains biases that may lead towards one political side or another. However, all sides should be to fight racism and antisemitism to create a society where all human lives are valued.
DAY 2: REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS
- Students will be able to see the victims as individuals who had family and friends who cared about them. Having each group focus on one person helps them to see that tragedies are 1+1+1, etc. = 11 losses
DAY 3: CREATING AWARENESS THROUGH PSAS
- As students synthesize what they’ve learned / remembered about the events of The Tree of Life shooting and the individual victims, they’ll likely want to know what they can do to prevent this from happening again. Creating the PSAs will give them an outlet for this passion and creative energy.
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Projector, Cellular phones for students.
Instructional Time: 3 hours.