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LESSON PLAN: PERSONAL WRITING

Subject: Social Studies

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students write about a personal experience with prejudice, either as the victim, perpetrator, or bystander.

Objectives

  • Students will process Dr. Fisch’s experience through their own experience.
  • Students will recognize the modern faces of prejudice and understand the relevance of Dr. Fisch’s message.

Key words

Prejudice, discrimination, oppression, perpetrator, scapegoat.

Lesson Plan

Describe an experience of discrimination when you were the victim, perpetrator, witness, or bystander.

  • What led up to the event?
  • Do you think it could have been avoided?
  • Describe the event itself.
  • How did you feel while this was happening?
  • Think about the other people who were there—either joining in or watching. How do you think they felt?

Assessment

Add a section to the bottom of your paper called Final Thoughts. Write about what you learned from these experiences and how it relates to Dr. Fisch’s story and message.

Discussion Questions

  • It has been said that "history is written by the victors." What does that mean? Is it still true?
  • What new things can we learn from the victim’s story?

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