“100 Days to Inspire Respect” Week 5: Inspiring Respect
Keith Stringfellow's class at Charlotte Islamic Academy in North Carolina works on an IWitness activity
Every Friday, the following week’s 100 Days to Inspire Respect educational resources will be previewed.
In this week’s 100 Days to Inspire Respect resources, students will focus on the title of the program itself: Inspiring Respect.
Students will explore how respect can serve to counter prejudice. They will consider the role of identity in making choices to become a bystander and they will build their communication skills that promote respect. The week will close with an examination of the many forms of non-violent resistance.
The first day of the Inspiring Respect week is Monday, with the debut of a new collection of six clips of testimony on the IWitness “Watch” page from across USC Shoah Foundation's collections, alongside links to supporting graphic organizers, related activities and related topics and terms. These clips illustrate the theme of respect and how genocide survivors experienced it (or the lack of it).
Tuesday, February 21, will feature a Mini Quest “Countering Prejudice with Respect.” In this activity, students will explore the meaning of prejudice and respect by closely analyzing definitions and examples of both. They will construct messages of respect in social media to contribute to countering prejudice using the knowledge and skills they developed.
The next day, the featured resource will be a Mini Lesson titled “Coenraad Rood – Reflecting on Respect.” Students will watch a clip of the testimony of Holocaust survivor Coenraad Rood and reflect on the message he gives about the importance of showing respect for all people.
Another Mini Lesson will follow on Thursday, February 23: “Promoting Effective Conversation Skills.” In this mini lesson, students will apply the concept of respectful disagreement from a clip of survivor and activist Hedy Epstein’s testimony. Students will develop strategies to respectfully disagree when confronted with differing ideas.
Friday, February 24’s resource is a Video Builder activity titled “Identity and Choices.” In this activity, students consider how beliefs and values influence the choices people make, including those of rescuers/aid providers from the Holocaust and Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Students will then build a video that reflects other rescuer/aid giver motivations.
On Saturday, a new Information Quest activity “Non-Violent Resistance” will explore examples of non-violent resistance and the importance of testimony on giving face to the role of individuals in resistance.
Finally, the Inspiring Respect week will end with a Mini Lesson on “Respect/Guided Discussion.” Students will practice engaging in thoughtful, respectful dialogue about the importance of having respect for others.