Racism: "Us vs. Them"

Author:
 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  5 -  7
Language:
 English
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 CCSS, ITSE
Subject Area:
 Character Education, History, Contemporary World Issues, Media & Digital Literacy

Description:
In this activity, students will learn about the idea of “us vs. them” - a concept used to divide people into groups based on perceived differences. Through careful reading of audiovisual testimony, students first consider the topic from a personal perspective. They then consider the historical and contemporary treatment of refugees through the lens of "us vs. them". Finally, students commit to fight divisions like "us vs. them" and promote inclusion by crafting a public pledge.

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