“ taking action ” … H u m a n i t i e s

“ taking action ” … H u m a n i t i e s

part 1:

Weekly research is worth 15 points and requires you to identify your own area of interest based on the current weeks readings.  Use this research to extend your own learning and sharing what you have learned with the class. As you read, it will help you to note questions that come up for you;  one of them may be useful for this weekly work.  The question you research can be based on statistics that you read about, a historical event that is mentioned in the readings, references to books and materials that are mentioned by the various authors, and so on.  In some weeks, I have intentionally chosen some older readings either as classics or to give you an opportunity to research current perspectives and issues. Number your research section #1-5 so that you don’t miss a step!

* Each week you will address these same questions:

What is your question? What do you want to learn more about?

Why did you choose to research this question? What from the readings, lectures or videos inspired your research topic? (research should always connect to the current topic of study)

  1. Help teach classmates by sharing what you learned through your research? What are the main ideas of what you found? (In about 1/2 page, explain what you have learned in your research- entice your classmates to click on your research link and learn more!). Do not simply copy the text from the website or article you find.
  2. In one paragraph, explain how your research specifically relates back to this class and the current topic of study besides the fact that the research has to do with anti-bias work? Challenge your own critical thinking about these topics!
  3. Include the link to where your research source can be located. Keep in mind that your research should be academic/professional. Please avoid wiki pages, blogs, .com websites, videos, and websites that have a political or other polarizing agenda, etc. Sources should be academic/professional (.org, .edu, journal articles located through library searches, and so on), do not use our textbook as a resource; work to go beyond what is already being offered and presented in this class. Library research support can be located through the student help tab in the left menu if you need additional support with research. the librarians are available to help with searches but you need to schedule appointments so plan accordingly and have fun with this; you get to learn about what you want 🙂

part 2:After reading and reviewing both lectures along with this weeks required readings, address the following:

  1. There is a resource posted in this week’s module titled, “Responding to Everyday Bigotry: Speak Up!” It is a publication that gives practical ideas on how to respond to bigotry in everyday scenarios. Browse the publication topic list of “What can I do about…?” Scenarios and select one to discuss. Share what you learned from the book, note the page and topic, and tell us why you selected this topic. Speaking up in real life situations can be tough; it takes practice, support and courage. This resource can help us share some ideas!

The idea of “taking action” was presented in lecture along with the article, “We spoke the right things” posted in the module. First share your reaction to the article (what stood out to you?) and then identify something that you have noticed in your own school or community surrounding a target group that you could see yourself speaking out in support of. Share a plan for “taking action” … This is your chance to share your passion with the class or to share how you see yourself integrating anti-bias education into your classroom or the work that you do with children and families. What will your first steps be?

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