1. The teacher will explain that the class is preparing for another group discussion. 2. The topics that will be covered include: family, racism, prejudice, respect, discrimination, culture, culture shock, multiculturism, standards/customs and authority Example: family and culture 3. The teacher will ask students to turn to their neighbor and talk about their ideas and opinions family and culture and write down anything ideas exchanged that they found interesting. How are family and culture related? Do they ever create conflict for an individual? How do they affect an individual’s perception of people outside of that culture? The student will have the opportunity to connect to the characters and share their own experience). 4. The teacher will say, “Think about all of the ways family and culture are intertwined. Take a minute and put your family in the front of your minds right now. Are there things about them that are explicitly cultural? Have they given up their culture to be more “American?” Take me, for example. When I was younger, my mother used to perm my hair. Naturally, my hair is short and extremely curly but we straightened it so I would fit in with my peers. Have you ever experienced something similar? Is it okay to deny one’s culture? Or do you think it’s possible to embrace multiple cultures at once?” 5. The teacher will ask students to list things in their lives that are a part of their culture (language, clothing, religion etc) Food - Caribbean and Latin American Cultures- Caribbean, Latin American, American,
European Clothing - church attire, cultural attire Religion - mostly Christian Etc. 6. The teacher will ask four students to gather around a table and ask the remaining students to make a circle around the first four students. 7. The teacher will explain, “This is a fishbowl. The students inside are the fish and will have a short discussion while the rest of you watch and listen to all the ideas “swimming” around. Students on the outside need to take notes and prepare to say something when the discussion time is over” 8. The teacher will begin the discussion with the four students sitting in the group and ask them to talk amongst themselves. (The group will be given 5 minutes) 9. The teacher will tell the other students to listen to their classmates while they engage into their small-group discussion, to take notes, and write any questions to contribute later on. 10. The teacher will add commentary to the discussion to ensure that each student takes a turn or to give sincere and specific praise for commendable input. 11. After the five minutes are complete, the teacher will allow the listeners to ask questions and share their opinions and comments. 12. The teacher will then put another small group together and continue the fishbowl process until all students have had the opportunity to be in the fishbowl.
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