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Race: A Teacher's Guide for Middle School

Race: A Teacher's Guide for Middle School

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This book will be helpful for anyone engaged in teaching with Middle School students. It presents an integrated view of race and human variation through biological, cultural and historical perspectives. Lesson plans, and...
This book will be helpful for anyone engaged in teaching with Middle School students. It presents an integrated view of race and human variation through biological, cultural and historical perspectives. Lesson plans, and...

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© 2007 American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved.
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RACE:
A Teacher’s Guide for Middle School
Prepared ByJoseph Jones, Mary Margaret Overbey,Alan Goodman, Carol Mukhopadhyay,Yolanda Moses and Amy Beckrich
A Project of American Anthropological AssociationFunded by Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation
 
 
© 2007 American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................................3
 
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE................................................................................................................3
 National Science Education Standards..............................................................................................4Selected State Science Content Standards.........................................................................................4National Social Studies Curriculum Standards.................................................................................6Selected State Social Studies Content Standards..............................................................................7
EXPLORING HUMAN BIOLOGICAL VARIATION......................................................................8
Continuous Trait Variation.............................................................................................................11
 
Graphing Independence..................................................................................................................15
 
Apportioning Phenotypic and Genetic Variation............................................................................25
 
Gene Flow Illustration ....................................................................................................................30
 
EXPLORING CULTURAL VARIATION........................................................................................31
Culture Shapes How We See the World..........................................................................................34
 
Color Terms....................................................................................................................................40
 
Classifying Relatives.......................................................................................................................41
 
Classifying in Other Cultures: A Cultural IQ Test! .......................................................................43
 
Census Activity ...............................................................................................................................45
 
EXPERIENCING RACE AND RACISM..........................................................................................48
Experiencing Inequality..................................................................................................................51
 
Whiteness Quiz ...............................................................................................................................59
 
Preference Activity .........................................................................................................................61
 
RESOURCES........................................................................................................................................64
 Glossary...........................................................................................................................................64Bibliography of Selected Works .....................................................................................................67Web Sites.........................................................................................................................................68
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0307843. Any opinions,findings and conclusions or recommendations are those of the authors and do no necessarily reflect the views of theNational Science Foundation.
 
© 2007 American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved.
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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the RACE Project, a public education effort designed to enhance understanding of raceand human variation. The RACE Project, developed by the American Anthropological Associationwith funding from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, focuses on developing apublic education program that includes a traveling exhibit, public website and educational materials toprovide a variety of learning experiences for everyone. The program builds on the current science andscholarship on race and human variation and we have a special interest in educational outreach tomiddle school and high school students, their teachers and parents.The RACE Project is the first national collaborative effort to present an integrated view of race andhuman variation through biological, cultural and historical perspectives. The public education programexplains how human biological variation differs from race, when and why the idea of race wasinvented, and how race and racism affect everyday life. The program has three primary messages. (1)Race is a recent human invention. (2) The idea of race is about culture, not biology. (3) Race andracism are embedded in our institutions and everyday life.This teacher’s guide serves as a teaching tool to assist educators in addressing race and humanvariation in the classroom. The guide meets national and select state standards for science and socialstudies and teachers may use the various lesson plans to develop a module on race and human variationfor biology, social studies or social science classes. We encourage teachers to present the topic of raceand human variation in an integrated fashion as we have done in the guide.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
This teacher’s guide presents race and human variation through the integrated lenses of biology,culture and history. The guide includes a series of lesson plans that fall within one of three broad topicareas: (1) Exploring Human Biological Variation; (2) Exploring How Culture Shapes Race; and (3)Experiencing Race and Racism in Everyday Life.The lesson plans can be infused into existing curriculum for science, biology, social studies and socialscience classes. Each lesson plan provides an overview, describes objectives, and outlines the time,materials and procedure for conducting the lesson.We encourage teachers to consider team teaching to develop and co-teach a module on race and humanvariation that incorporates lesson plans in this guide. In middle school, this may involve developing ateam of science teachers and social studies teachers to put together a module of complementaryactivities on race and human variation. In high school, the team may include biology teachers, historyteachers, and social science teachers in developing a module of complementary activities on race andhuman variation.

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