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ERIC Number: ED027298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
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Teaching the Black Experience.
Kirschenbaum, Howard
Educators Guide to Media & Methods, v5 n2 p28-31 Oct 1968
Instructional materials and teaching approaches can be used to get students to seriously and constructively confront problems in race relations which they will eventually have to solve. For example, Richard Wright's "Black Boy," an anthology of Negro poetry or a collection of poems on race relations, and such films as "Where is Prejudice?" can interest students and stimulate discussion. Another useful technique is to present students with a short story on race relations and then let them write a short story on the same subject. Dittoing and organizing the stories into a class magazine will stimulate further interaction and discussion. A riot simulation with flashing lights and readings can alert the class to mob feelings, and interschool visitations in which urban white and slum-school black students explain their views to each other can generate empathy. The biggest problem, widening the white students' understanding of the black situation, can be achieved through various approaches--an introduction to the history of the Negro in America; a discussion of Southern prejudices with emphasis on lynching and enforced race separation; an account of a slave auction; and, in a unit on "To Kill a Mockingbird," a discussion of lynching and the death penalty for rape in the deep South. (LH)
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