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Current History Activity - Words Meaning and Race in America

Current History Activity - Words Meaning and Race in America

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A Super Bowl-related current history activity that examines the way Richard Sherman's post-NFC championship interview was interpreted by news commentators in relation to how Justin Bieber and Mike Grimm's recent actions have been interpreted.
A Super Bowl-related current history activity that examines the way Richard Sherman's post-NFC championship interview was interpreted by news commentators in relation to how Justin Bieber and Mike Grimm's recent actions have been interpreted.

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• Closely read the political cartoon you received with the person next to you.

• First, discuss what you observe in the text without any interpretation. • Then interpret what you think is the message of the political cartoon and write it under the image.

Do Now Analyzing a Political Cartoon

What’s the message?

Darrin Bell, “How America sees those who misbehave”

Words, Meaning, and Race in America
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
1. Why do words matter? 2. Why is understanding the meaning of words important? 3. Why can race impact the way the meanings of certain words are understood?

Current History Activity
“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”
• Closely read an interview Sherman did with journalist Chris Hayes and an article about the interview by Erin Delmore. • Then, in a small group, discuss the questions below using evidence from the article and the political cartoon.
1.

2.

What about Sherman’s life-history contradicts the “thug” label critics have assigned him? Why was Sherman labeled a “thug” and not Bieber or Grimm?

• Last, discuss the essential questions and write down your thoughts about each one. Use the cartoon and article as textual evidence to support your point of view.
1. Why do words matter? 2. Why is understanding the meaning of words important? 3. Why can race impact the way the meanings of certain words are understood?

HOMEWORK
• Based on the documents you examined today, form an appropriate, clear, and explicit thesis statement on the third essential question.
o Why can race impact the way the meanings of certain words are understood?

• Support your thesis by using precise textual evidence from the political cartoon and the article on Sherman’s interview with Hayes. • Concisely explain the evidence you selected and how it supports your thesis. • Write a conclusion sentence that shows how and why your thesis is correct.

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