ISLAM & ISLAMOPHOBIA
Students talk about their cultural heritage, watch an online video about American Muslims, discuss their understanding of Islam and Muslims, and share their own experiences of being treated unfairly.
By Marieke van Woerkom
- share what makes them proud about their cultural heritage and/or community affiliation
- watch an online video about American Muslims
- discuss their knowledge and understanding of Islam and Muslims
- share their feelings about being treated unfairly
- gain self-confidence by recognizing what is good about one's cultural background and/or community affiliation
- increase their awareness of other cultures/religions
- debunk prejudices and stereotypes
- gain empathy for and step into the shoes of Muslim Americans
- increase their awareness of feelings people have about issues of injustice
- Background reading for teachers on Islam: http://www.changethestory.net/?q=content/what-islam
- Today's agenda on chart paper or the chalkboard
A Land Called Paradise clip: http://www.linktv.org/video/2944
Microlabs - Unfair Treatment
- What did that feel like?
- Ask a few volunteers to share their feelings with the large group. Jot down or summarize the feelings associated with the events the students describe.
- How are these feelings different from how it felt when we talked about things that make us proud of our background or community?
A Land Called Paradise
- ideas or statements that are new to them
- things they didn't know about
- information or statement that might contradict their existing knowledge or understanding of Islam
- What stood out for them? Why?
- Was there anything that surprised them? Why?
- Was there anything that confused them? Why?
- What did they learn about American Muslims from the clip?
- How was this different from what they knew about Islam (the religion) and Muslims (people who practice the religion) before?
- Where do students think most Americans get their information about Islam and Muslims?
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