On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Within a week, the shooting and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—became a flashpoint for a discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.
Using a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will:
- Model how to create a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics;
- Examine how confirmation and other implicit biases can shape our understanding of the world;
- Share how to use news literacy skills and concepts as a set of critical thinking tools to help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and responsibly share news and information through social media; and
- Explore what it means to become effective and informed civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.
After this workshop you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost