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					Race/Ethnicity in America

          ED 301
        Emily Luster
       Beth Luersman
           Grade Level

This lesson is focused mainly for eighth
             grade students.
               Objectives
• The students will gain knowledge about
  different races and ethnicities in the United
  States.
• To appreciate cultural differences.
                 Materials
•   Notebook (for journal)
•   Pen/pencil
•   Newspapers or magazines
•   Books on African American figures
•   Computers
•   Poster boards
•   Markers
                Race
 A group of people united or classified
together on the basis of common history,
  nationality, or geographic distribution.
                Ethnicity
An ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from
            racial or cultural ties.
    Race/Ethnic Groups in America
•   White or Caucasian
•   Hispanic
•   African American
•   Asian American
•   Multiracial
•   Native Americans
         White/Caucasian
• 75.1 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines “white” as
  people who have origins in any of the
  original peoples of Europe, the Middle
  East or North Africa.
               Hispanics
• 12.5 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines Hispanics as
  people who indicate that they were born in
  a Hispanic country or area, or have a
  heritage tracing back to a Hispanic country
  or area. Hispanic countries or areas
  include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba,
  Central America, and South America.
        African Americans
• 12.3 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines “black” as
  people who have origins in any of the
  black racial groups of Africa.
           Asian American
• 3.6 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines “Asian” to
  people having origins in any of the original
  peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia,
  or the Indian subcontinent.
              Multiracial
• 2.4 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines multiracial as
  people who identify with more than one
  race.
• Other terms include: biracial and mixed-
  race
         Native Americans
• 0.9 percent of U.S. population
• The Census Bureau defines native as
  having origins in any of the original
  peoples of North, South, and Central
  America and who maintain tribal affiliation
  or community attachment.
               Lesson 1
• Break the students into six groups. Assign
  the groups a race to research the cultural
  beliefs, where they came from, and their
  total population in the U.S.
• Have the students do an oral presentation
  to the class about their group using visual
  aids like posters, etc.
               Lesson 2
• During the month of February, have the
  students pick a significant African
  American figure in the U.S. to read about
  and then write a book report over it.
               Lesson 3
• Discuss with the class how racial issues in
  America impact our lives and how it
  prohibits Americans to have a national
  unity.
• Have the students give suggestions how
  to improve race relations.
                  Lesson 4
• Have the students keep a journal for about two
  weeks. If they witness any racial discrimination
  have them record it in their journal. They can
  also search newspapers and magazines for any
  topics on race and ethnicity to add to their
  journal.
• In the journal, the students will write about what
  they saw/read, how they felt, and what could be
  done to change it.
                Lesson 5
• Have the students play a review game
  over race and ethnicity. The information
  that they will be reviewing will come from
  the reports that they presented to the class
  about the different races.
 Websites Related to this Topic
• American Demographics-Diversity in
  America
• The Race Course
• Upgrading America's Conversations on
  Race: The Multi-Race Option for Census
  2000: Association of MultiEthnic
  Americans, Inc.
      Websites continued…
• American Anthropological Association
  Statement on "Race“
• Census Bureau Home Page
• Children and Families, Critical Facts in
  ECE: National Association for the
  Education of Young Children

				
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