Students will learn:
- to use a complex and dynamic framework for understanding identity
- to consciously question assumptions about themselves and others based on one or limited identity tags
- to research historical race and ethnicity issues in the US and analyze how these issues inform the Question Bridge
- about the dynamics of estrangement and familiarity among members of a demographic group
- about the dynamics of exclusion and inclusion among diverse demographic groups
- about the dynamics of social communications and how the Question Bridge model can be used to facilitate healing dialogue and resolve conflict
- Interview at least two people in their community
- Create visual representations of their individual and class identity
- Analyze the representation of their identity in media
- Engage in weekly dialogue with their peers
- Apply critical thinking skills to daily routines
- Write about complex issues related to race, gender, and class
- Analyze the components of communication in the 21st century
Each module employs the same basic structure: a theme and essential question that emerged from the Question Bridge: Black Males transmedia art project guides the work, followed by activities to engage students during the period, and a resource list for follow up. Activity options are available in each module; so educators can require students to explore the theme through visual art, writing, reading, or reflection/discussion.
Modules are 45 minutes long, so they can be delivered in a single high school class period, after-school session, or mentor session. Educators can the modules in sequence; or select modules per students’ needs and time restrictions. Educators can adapt the material creatively to suits the needs of their students and their learning environments.
Question Bridge: Black Males aligns its curriculum with the national Common Core State Standards created by National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Additionally, Question Bridge aligns its curriculum with the Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color developed by The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) in partnership with the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.
The Question Bridge team has developed these curriculum modules as a free resource to the education community. All we ask in return is that educators help us with evaluating and improving this resource by:
- giving their students a pre-curriculum-delivery and post-curriculum-delivery Student Assessment and submit the QB Curriculum Student Assessment (Results Form) to Question Bridge within six months of downloading the module packet(s)
- taking a Question Bridge curriculum survey
- Introduction Module
- 1: The Individual Condition – “Who are you? And what is your purpose?”
- 2: The Human Condition - “What do all Black men have in common?”
- 3: Mentorship & Activism - “Why didn’t ya’ll leave us the Blueprint?”
- 4: The Black Experience - “Am I the only one who has a problem eating chicken, watermelon, and bananas in front of white people?”
- 5: Code Switching -“To successful Black men, who speak and dress differently, is that who you are?”
- 6: Marginalization - “Do you feel alone in this world?”
- 7: The Power of Communication - “How does Black media representation affect who you are?”
- 8: The Question Bridge Model of Communication
- 9: Students Interact with Project
- 10: Students Replicate Project
- Student Assessment
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