Lesson: Muslim Americans: More diverse than you think
Lesson Name: Muslim-Americans Course: High School Language Arts by Anke al-Bataineh
Students will compare common stereotypes about Muslim-Americans to facts
Students will understand facts relating to emotional controversies
Essential Questions: (write on board)
Who are the Muslims in America?
What do they think about controversial issues?
How do they live their lives?
Internet connection and projection screen
Articles on Muslim Americans
Anticipatory Set: (10 min) Visual, Interpersonal, Verbal
Tell the class that you are going to show them a very controversial discussion. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2010/10/bill-oreilly-joy-behar-take-bows-for-behaving-badly-on-the-view.html
Ask the students: Can you tell what Bill O’Reilly is arguing? Can you tell why this is so upsetting to the women? Why is this issue so emotional?
Guided Practice: (5 min)
Ask students to brainstorm the stereotypes they have heard about Muslims and/or Arabs. List their ideas on the board.
Independent Work: (30 min)
Divide students into appropriate groups. Distribute each article about Muslim Americans to one group. Ask students to identify 5 main or interesting facts they learned from the survey. Once groups are finished, each group should come to the board and teach what they learned from their article. Students listening should organize facts into the Stereotype/Truth organizer.
Conclusion/Assessment: (15 min)
Ask students to discuss their reactions to what they have learned. You may want to do a buzz around on “What surprised me most today was _________.”
Close by showing an episode of Allah Made Me Funny, comedy about Muslim-American life. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2010/10/bill-oreilly-joy-behar-take-bows-for-behaving-badly-on-the-view.html
I also show a DVD of One Nation, Many Voices that focuses on Muslim Americans. http://www.linktv.org/onenation
I also show PSA at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129668035
Vocab to Watch Out For:
What went well?
What would you change?
What needs explanation?
Students didn’t understand every word of the articles, but they were able to pull out big ideas, especially with the previous work we had done on demographics.
I used homogenous groupings and tried to give the easiest article to the lowest-reading-level group, but it was still challenging for them. I would stick with heterogeneous groups in the future.
All of the videos can elicit some raw emotion. It’s good to watch them first on your own. There are lots of similar videos available if you are not comfortable with the content of these.