Representation & the Power of Words

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  11 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE-NETs
Subject Area:
 Character Education, Contemporary World Issues, English Language Arts, Humanities, Language and Composition, Media & Digital Literacy

In this activity, students will explore how telling a personal story can counter racism and hatred. They will consider the examples of others who have told their story, like Elie Wiesel and Maya Angelou. Students will deepen their understanding of the concept of representation and will be empowered to use their words.

Students will write a brief journal entry on both the challenges and the importance of representation.

This activity features testimonies from the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide collections of the Visual History Archive.

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