DR. GATES, SERGEANT CROWLEY & PRESIDENT OBAMA
A document-based question exercise has students examine differing views on what motivates terrorism by Islamic fundamentalists.
By Alan Shapiro
- close examination of a controversial issue through an active learning, inquiry-oriented, critical thinking approach from multiple perspectives
- examination of students' own (and other peoples') racial attitudes and predispositions
- becoming aware of the perils of jumping to conclusions and the importance of withholding judgment on disputed matters
- recognizing the significance of differences among factual, inferential and judgmental statements through careful reading and listening, question—asking and answering, investigation of what we don't know acting as citizens
Student Reading 1:
Who said what and what happened at 17 Ware Street?
Student Reading 2:
President Obama's role in the controversy
Student Reading 3:
What is "institutional racism"?
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