What’s in a word? Increasing Student Awareness of Racial Slurs

In this lesson students will focus on the use of racial slurs and helping students understand the impact slurs can have on an individual and societal level. Students will in engage in discussions focusing on the the usage of slurs in American and local history. It uses a variety of primary sources to exemplify the use of slurs within current american culture and specific communities. Finally, students will reflect on their own usage and comfort with racial slurs while focusing on the complex topic of when it is appropriate to use slurs within specific racial and ethnic groups.

Created By: Lauren Laucius, Centaurus High School

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