Breaking down Race for Kids Ages 9-11
Created on October 10, 2023
just a lesson that I created with elementary children in mind breaking down important racial topics that I've learned so far in my Race, Culture and Ethnicity in Education class.
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Teacher Jizelle's Presentation:
Teacher's Guide to Breaking down race For 9-11 Year olds
What it is, how we view it, its history and its future
At these ages, kids are already noticing differences in people but they don't know the right words when it comes to race. This interactive guide will hopefully educate young minds and make them more compassionate towards their peers and knowledgable about the outside world. I have decided to spread this into a multi-part lesson plan, so each concept can have more time to be explained to the students. They will be taught the information and see how it is actualized in their own world. They will be able to see themselves in what they're learning and hearing about when it comes to racialization/ideas of race.
What is race?
Racism: Treating people unfairly based on what label we give them as their "race"
Race: How the world chooses to label us and others based on physical traits
DefinitionS- Race and racism
You will need a pencil or pen and a blank piece of paper.
I want you to write down anything you see about yoursleves on a blank piece of paper.
Write down physical traits
Ex: Student 1
Ex: Student 2
Ex: Student 3
Ex; Student 4
Ex: Student 5
Ex: Student 6
Talk and share
We will talk as a group and then as partners
1. Do you feel the same or different from your classmates? 2. Do you think it’s good or bad to label people based on these differences that you are noticing about yourselves? Why so?
Please turn to a partner and tell them something that you like about their personality or what they do in class! Don't focus on any physical traits!
- Our country recognizes these as "races":
- Black/African American
- American Indian and Alaska Native
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
- Two or More Races
Our neighborhoods, who inhabits different parts of Dallas and how we see race in our community
How Race Affects Dallas
In this map, we can see how those 4 general areas are divided and make up unique communities. I used to live in the Oak Cliff, and now live in West Dallas.
Dallas is usually broken up into 4 main areas: 1. North2. East3. West4. South
1. In your neigborhood, what kinds of people live around you?2. How would you describe your area? Is it clean, messy, nice-looking etc?3. What types of stores or places are nearby to shop at?
Picture of Latino family in West Dallas
West Dallas (75212) predominantly has Latino and Black residents66% are Latino26% are Black
Gentrification: when a neighborhood/area starts going through changes because of new people coming in and building new things
How West Dallas is Right Now
Mexicans in the Mexican American War fled to this land and call it "Cement City"
How West Dallas Came to Be
Poor families are sent to this area since the city didn't want them in popular parts of Dallas
The City of Dallas finally recognizes West Dallas as a part of the city
Segregated housing was created for black and white people and Mexican-Americans. These houses had environmental and health risks for people that lived there
There are links on each picture that show more statistics about the area and school(s) performances
We're going to look at two different school districts: Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and Highland Park Independent School District (HISD)
Compare and Contrast Activity
Bradford Elementary School- Highland Park
90% of Highland Park is White
Highland Park (HISD)
Uplift Heights Secondary (Middle & HS)
Uplift Heights Primary (Elementary)
West Dallas Schools (DISD)
- What differences are you noticing in the rankings of these four schools in these different disctricts/areas?
- How do you think West Dallas' history has affected the area today?
- Do you think these differences in schools is fair? Why or why not?
- What are some thoughts you have about this information?
Facts, ideas and questions to answer!
Breakdown of SOME General history
Colonizers: People from other countries that settle on land to gain power over the resources and lead it Colonial: it relates to being a part of a colony (like a community/group)
Do you know what race you would be considered? Have your parents taught you what race you are?
Black and Native people were forced to be slaves
Science became important to people's way of thinking
Racist laws (rules) were made
Race was first documented
"Race" started being used; was used for family
Era of Science and Politics became important- "The Enlightenment"
Laws were made that affected people in "non-white" categories
Black and Native people were forced to be slaves
Cultural and ethnic differences are being celebrated more now than just "race"
Different cultural groups within what we now call "white" were actually some of the first slaves. Even though their race is seen as white, they were mistreated
People with power during the 17th century (also known as colonizers) wanted to prove that race had to do with science-- That we had physical traits that determined our racial label
People (that we would consider white today) had to be servants in order to pay off things they owed. The term "slave" changed to mean that the person was owned by someone else and started applying to "non-white" people
People considered to be of different races could not get married and would be punished, free white people were seen as real citizens of the country, children of enslaved people would get the staus of being enslaved
Hispanic/Latino/Latina is recognized as an Ethnicity, which is just a group/community that you share a culture with. I consider myself Latina! It's not my RACE though.
1. Does anyone have any questions about the information we learned? 2. Is there anything you want me to explain again? 3. What wonderings do you have? 4. How do you feel after learning this?
race and ideas now
Prefix Word Root New Word
Breakdown of two Prefixes (something that comes before a word to change its meaning) Post: "after" De: "away from"
How we deal with the aftermath of racial ideas
Postcolonial: adapting to new ways to label and see ourselves based on the ideas of race that are in place Decolonial: moving away from the ideas of race that have been put in place
She is a famous Texan Mexican-American author (like me) that wrote about postcolonial ideas Created new terms for Latinos and recognized that we have different cultures within us.
She is a Dakota (Native American) writer that focuses on decolonial thinking. Believes that Native American people (like Dakota people) should create active change and not see themselves the way colonizers see them
What can you do to make someone different from you feel good about themselves?
What is one thing from this lesson you can teach a family member or an adult in your life?
"I have brown hair and brown eyes and my skin color is light"
- My little sister understood race and used the word "kinds" when sharing her own understanding
- She lost some interest after postcolonial and decolonial but she did share a definition that I thought was interesting for decolonial
- "When you don't change anything about yourself"
- It was interesting to see how she translated the information in her own words, understood it for the most part
- She got the interactive question right and engaged in the matching activity
After presenting the lesson to her, I think it would be smarter to bump up the age range to 9-11 year olds (so from 3rd to 5th grade). I feel like it is more aligned to the material and concepts that they start learning around this time. I still worded everything in a way that an elementary student would grasp but I think older kids would have a better attention span for the whole lesson!
Hint: we get a day off from school in October because of him. Even though we celebrate him, he did a lot of bad things to the people that were already in America. The holiday is now starting to be referred to as Indigenous Peoples' Day!