Looking for a fresh and engaging way to teach your students about race? Why create your own blog or Facebook page when you can participate in ours?
Progressive Pupil’s blog, The Progress, and Social Media Education program inform the public about the history, culture and politics of Black communities, promote community engagement and encourage collaboration between diverse communities concerned about racial discrimination. The blog, Facebook page and twitter feed are excellent learning and civic engagement resources for high school (grades 10-12) classes about American History, Global Social Studies, African American Studies and English. It’s editor-in-chief, Robin J. Hayes, PhD, is a professor who specializes in Black studies and social movements. EAch month the blog discusses different content as they relate to the African diaspora, including Black History Month (February), Women’s History (March), Wellness and Environmental Justice (April) and LGBTQ Pride (June). Here are just two assignment ideas:
“February is Black History Month. Subscribe to Progressive Pupil’s blog The Progress and comment on one post per week that interests you. At the end of the month, write an essay describing what you learned about Black identity and culture and how what you learned differed from images you see in the mainstream media.”
“Like Progressive Pupil’s Facebook page and begin sharing posts your Facebook friends that you find interesting and informative. Take notes on the responses you receive. Write a 750-word essay describing the posts that impacted you and how your social network responded to them. How were your friends’ and families’ responses different from yours? Did their responses surprise you? Why? Why not?”
These ideas are just a start. Prof. Hayes and the rest of Progressive Pupil’s staff are happy to discuss customizing assignments to meet your curricular needs. To adopt The Progress or Progressive Pupil’s social media in your Spring 2014 course and offer your students an opportunity for civic engagement, multi-cultural learning and writing skill enhancement, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.