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Teaching About Race: A Character Resource Roundup

Posted by Rebecca Bauer on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 @ 05:10 AM

In the 2015 Schools of Character Magazine, Clifton Taulbert and Anthony Moore weighed in on the importance of teaching about race in the classroom and editor, Lara Maupin, offered advice from an educator’s perspective. As these experts suggest, teaching your students about race relations is an essential part of producing a safe and caring school climate for your students. However, it still may feel like an overwhelming topic and one that you should not broach without proper preparation. Here are some tools to equip you to lead these crucial, courageous conversations.

Lessons & Activities

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers a wide variety of race relations resources for students of all ages. A couple of our favorites include:

An Anti-Racism Activity: The Sneetches combines the whimsical tone of a Dr. Seuss story with important and meaningful issues. Appropriate for grades 1-5, the lesson encourages students to brainstorm ideas for ending discrimination and includes valuable opportunities for reflection.

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Topics: Race