POV documentaries are a valuable resource, providing free video clips and companion lesson plans to present POV films to your class. Two Towns of Jasper is a nuanced view of the subtleties of race relations in America and the different viewpoints forged by racial identity. The lessons in this unit guide students to a better understanding of privilege — one of the pervasive causes behind racism — and, more specifically, the impact of “white privilege” on racism against non-white Americans.
The following lesson plans comprise this unit that uses film as a learning tool in the subject areas of American History, Civics, and Government for grades 7-12. Classroom activities include: learning objectives, an outline of the relevant national standards met by the plans, a list of necessary tools and materials, a notation regarding the total time needed to complete the individual lessons, a teaching strategy, assessment recommendations, and extension ideas.
Lesson #1: Examining Prejudice In this lesson, students take a test to uncover hidden biases, research the struggles of people who are discriminated against, and reflect on their commitment to their beliefs and how they arrived at their own convictions.
Lesson #2: Examining White Privilege Teachers can use this lesson plan to explore the contributing factors to racism in America. Students examine the legacy of white privilege and the unspoken ways in which it touches their lives, using 26 scenarios from daily life.