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IES ICARIA

Maria Rosa Batlle


English Department

AN ETHICAL WORLD: RACISM


In this project you are going to:
Explore the concepts of race and racism
Learn some historical events related with these topics
Learn to write a biography
Practice your oral skills
Practice reading and writing

RACE DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN RACISM.


In pairs, answer these questions:

1-What is race? Write a definition

2-How many ethnics are humans divided in? What is the main geographical distribution
of each racial group?

3-What are the characteristics of each race?

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, BELONGING TO A DIFFERENT RACE


HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF DISCRIMINATION.THIS IS CALLED
RACISM.

1-Find the definition of racism

2-Some historical mass crimes carried out in the name of racism include:
-the extermination of Jews, gipsies and disabled people by the German Nazis in World
War II
-the racist regime of Apartheid in South Africa
-the segregation laws for black people in the USA
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Choose ONE historical event. Find information about it, with pictures if possible and
write a power point presentation or poster.

3- ORAL :Tell the class the historical event you have studied.

FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Some people who fought against racial discrimination were Rosa Parks, The Nine
Children of Little Rock High, and Nelson Mandela. Find out information about them
and prepare a biography. Include:
-Biodata: (birthplace,date etc)
-Achievements (what they achieved through their fight)

USEFUL WEBSITES:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine
http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1993/mandela-bio.html
http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela
http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/par0pro-1
http://teacher.scholastic.com/rosa/
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry/Parks-Ro
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks
www.youtube.com

WHAT DO YOU THINK?


1-Look around you: do you think that our social environment has racist attitudes?

2-Give examples of racial discrimination in everyday life.


3-Do you know someone (schoolmate, neighbour etc) who belongs to a different
ethnical group ? Interview him/her. Write 4 questions to ask him or her and write the
answers.

4-If a friend of yours suffered racial discrimination, what would you do to help him or
her?

5-In your opinion, will society become more tolerant or more racist?
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Suggested URLs www.askjeeves.com www.yahoo.com
www.encarta.com www.biography.com www.britannica.com
www.seattletimes.com/mlk
www.thekingcenter.com www.midsouth.rr.com/civilrights/welcome
www.historychannel.com/speeches
MIND MAP: Draw a mind map with information about: Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela
and Martin Luther King
EXTRA ACTIVITY:
Read the biography of Martin Luther King and do the suggested activities.

EXTRA ACTIVITY:

Americans say: “ROSA SAT, SO THAT MARTIN COULD MARCH SO THAT


OBAMA COULD RUN”

Barack Obama ran for president and he won with promises of change and his
famous motto “Yes, we can”.

1- Explain the sentence above


2- Explain why it is so extraordinary that an African-American person has
been elected President of the USA