can't a white kid sit with the black kids in the cafeteria?
What happens when a biracial girl from Trinidad falls for
a guy from a very different culture?
How does a teen deal with being the only Palestinian boy
or the only Japanese girl in a small American town?
Level 8 -12
Art • English/Language Arts
Face Relations is a collection of stories that looks at
race in teen reality --- how it plays at school, in the
cafeteria, on teams, and at home. Mixed race people are
the fastest growing population in this country, further
blending heritage in our melting pot. Teens who are exploring
their identities and finding their roles know that learning
about different cultures is essential. The stories cover
many different ethnicities, including African, Indian, Mexican
and Asian-Americans, and often combinations of them. "Skins"
by Joseph Bruchac shows how three teens of color at a predominately
white high school hide or flaunt their perceived ethnicities.
One dyes his hair black to look more Native-American, one
remains ambiguous about his ancestry, and one becomes defiant.
When their paths converge in this short but powerful story,
surprising revelations change perspectives for characters
and likely for readers as well.
Hate and Promote Tolerance
Steps: The Origins of Prejudice With Your Students
Social Action Lesson Plan PDF File