Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 24-28

United States History
Jim Crow: Remembering Jim Crow on Minnesota Public Radio

Threaded Discussion on the white board
CNN Investigative Reports: Behind the Noose

Plessy v. Ferguson 1896


A "stereotype" is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. In the absence of the "total picture," stereotypes in many cases allow us to "fill in the blanks." Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable.

A stereotype is a way we simplify our world. It is a short-hand way we deal with complex events. Stereotypes become dangerous when they leave us blind to individual differences.


Prejudice: A negative or hostile attitude toward another social group

Discrimination: Refers to an unfavorable action, behavior, outcome or treatment

Less access to:

-approval and popularity

-rights and privileges

-power, knowledge and popularity

Exposure to social risks:

-victimization through violence

-suspicion and blame for crimes

-rejection, alienation and isolation, which contributes to low self esteem, self-hatred and self-destructive behavior

-economic exploitation and oppression

Examples in history have been:

* African-Americans being forced to ride in the back of the bus

* German Jews being required to wear a yellow "Star of David"

* minorities being referred to by pejorative slang names

* minorities being the subject of jokes which poke fun at the target's race, religion, or ethnic origin, and which rely on stereotypes

* Japanese-Americans being isolated in camps during World War II

* Native Americans having their land confiscated in violation of treaties, being the victims of government-sponsored massacres, and being placed on reservations.

Eyes on the Prize Notes, Worksheets, Activities:

"The Wave" Read and discuss
Continue Freedom Writers
ABC Brainstorming Activity
Moodle Activity

Personal Motto Activity:
Define "motto."

Do you have a motto? If so, what is it? What are some common themes of personal mottos?

Brainstorm ideas (from Friday)



Action/ Make a difference









Lab: Visit several quote websites. Find five quotes that appeal to you. Cut and paste them into a word document. In class on Monday, choose your favorite quote as your personal motto.

Good sites to look for quotes:




My favorite quotes:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Create a poster that includes your motto and pictures relating to your motto. You may include photographs, pictures from the internet, drawings, etc.

Look for pictures in the magazines on the round table. Please clean up after yourselves. Keep the classroom neat.

Type your quote. Use a large font. Print in the Library. Cut out your quote and glue it on your poster. (Take turns using the two classroom computer.)

World Studies
Continue Three Cups of Tea
ABC Brainstorming Activity
Moodle Activity

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