ERIC Number: ED220397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Extremist Groups in the United States: A Curriculum Guide.
B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.
Units of study dealing with extremist groups of the right and left for use in high school social studies courses are presented. Extremist groups have two important characteristics in common. First, they have a deeply rooted animus toward democracy and our pluralistic culture. Second, they have a desire to impose their own doctrines on the rest of the populace. By exposing the extremist fringe for what it is, we can help young people understand the dangers inherent in the radical extremists. There are 14 units organized into three major parts: (1) bigotry and violence of the hate groups of the extreme right; (2) anti-Americanism and totalitarianism of the Marxist-Leninist groups of the extreme left; and (3) ways in which a democratic society can deal with these extremist groups. Each of the units contains the following information: student aim, instructional objectives, teaching methods, learning activities, and readings. Students are involved in many different kinds of activities. For example, they read and discuss quotations which illustrate the racist ideas of the hate groups; they read and view films about the Ku Klux Klan's attempt to recruit young people; and they read about, discuss, and analyze the use of terrorism by the American left as well as the international nature of leftist terrorism. (RM)
Descriptors: Bias, Curriculum Guides, Democracy, Ethnic Bias, High Schools, Learning Activities, Nazism, Primary Sources, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Social Studies, Totalitarianism, United States Government (Course), Units of Study
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 ($10.00 plus $1.50 handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.