This week students began their work with a discussion around the following questions:
- What is color?
- What is skin?
- What is skin color?
- Why is skin color important?
- Why isn’t skin color important?
Then students read, The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism, by Pat Thomas. This book does an excellent job of explaining racism in an age appropriate way by embedding discussion questions throughout. Its content also builds beautifully on last week’s work, communicating that just like we aren’t all one color, neither are we from just one place. From this text students then spent the week researching their family history. Below is the result.
Chalk Talk with Discussion Questions:
Using the text, Shades of People, as a way to understand race and place
More “The Skin I’m In” Poetry
This week students are learning more specifically about racial issues plaguing Kansas City, including the history behind the Troost Wall. Next week, they will all get to meet each other in person for the first time. The participating teachers have brought life to this work and it’s amazing to see what is playing out in their classrooms.
Week 3 post coming soon!