Lesson Plan: Don't Judge Me
Understanding the Power of a Stereotype
The following websites and organizations can provide additional background information and lesson ideas.
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public, including the Muslim community.
The Power of Words
A lesson plan from “Teaching Tolerance” that provides students with the opportunity to increase their awareness of the effects of using language that reinforces stereotypes.
Hidden Bias: A Primer
A valuable resource from “Teaching Tolerance” with definitions of “stereotype” and “prejudice.”
Who Are the Arab Americans?
This activity is designed to increase student knowledge about Arab Americans and to challenge misperceptions students might hold about Arabs and people of Arab descent.
Young Video Makers Try to Alter Islam’s Face
May 8, 2008 New York Times article about a new wave of young American Muslim performers and filmmakers trying to change the public face of their religion.
One Nation, Many Voices
Award winners of the annual film contest, sponsored by Link TV, which invites American Muslims to make short films about “stories, not stereotypes.” http://www.linktv.org/onenation/http://www.linktv.org/onenation2007/winners
I am a Muslim
Murad Amayreh‘s “I Am a Muslim” video tries to contradict stereotypes with a man named Muhammad who presents himself as an ordinary American. It has attracted over two million hits on YouTube.
A wealth of resources and articles are available at the website of this non-profit organization whose aim is to “engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.”
Teachers Against Prejudice
A non-profit group which helps teachers address issues of sensitivity and respect concerning diversity in the classroom and provides trained professionals to teach students how to confront prejudice.