What is "the danger of a single story"?

 Christa Calkins
Grade Level:
  9 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 2 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Character Education, Social Studies, Contemporary World Issues, English Language Arts, Humanities

To combat hatred in the world today, we must understand the complexity of hate. In this activity, students will examine hatred in its many forms by listening to testimony from multiple perspectives and by reflecting on their experiences with this difficult topic.

First, students will view Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDTalk, "The Danger of a Single Story." Students will be asked to consider the "danger of a single story" using evidence from Adichie's TEDTalk and their own experiences.

Finally, they will choose and listen to a clip of testimony that provides another perspective on biased behavior and its consequences to further their understanding, awareness, and self-awareness about the many forms of hate.

This activity features testimonies from the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, Nanjing Massacre, and Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda collections of the Visual History Archive.

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