My Story Matters: Othering and Hate

Author:
 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  7 -  9
Language:
 English
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE
Subject Area:
 Social Studies, English Language Arts, Humanities, Language and Composition

Description:
In this activity, students learn about the topic of "othering" - where people or groups of people are viewed as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. Through careful reading of audiovisual testimony, students first consider the topic from a personal perspective. They then consider the ways in which Jews were "othered" via propaganda embedded in society under the Nazi regime. Finally, students reflect on the power of story to counter hate and intolerance by recognizing the need to uncover and give voice to all stories. Students complete an "I Am" Poem as a result of this activity.

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