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Zerohour: No Haters Here!

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A note to teachers:
These curriculum ideas were designed to engage your students in a conversation following the viewing of the “Drive Thru” public service announcement (PSA) you will find in your bags. The lesson can be used during “Life Skills” class; in English class, when talking about language and culture; in Social Science, when talking about immigration; Psychology or Health, when talking about Identity and the ways we connect with members of our families and friends; Media, when discussing how information, images, and editing is used to present a point of view.


  • Show the PSA; it is only 30 seconds. Prior to showing the PSA explain to your students that this is a very short clip and they need to focus, otherwise they will miss it.
  • Following the PSA ask:
    • What did you see?
    • What do you think the message was?
    • What did you observe?
    • What feelings do you have about the clip?
    • What questions do you still have about what you saw?
  • Ask students to talk about the feelings or thoughts they think the different characters in the clip had.
    For example:
    • What do you think the man with the shaved head was feeling or thinking about?
    • What do you think the Asian – American woman was thinking or feeling?
    • What do you think the African – American men was thinking or feeling?
    • What do you think the person selling the hamburgers was feeling or thinking about?
  • Ask students:
    • Did you identify with any one of the people in the clip?
      If yes, can you tell us more about it?
      Ask at least two people to talk about who they identified with.
  • Ask students:
    • What do you think you would have done if you were the man with the shaved head?
      Ask them to tell some more about their thoughts, why?
    • What do you think you would have done if you were the African – American man?
      Ask them to tell some more about their thoughts, why?
    • What do you think you would have done if you were a person driving the car behind the man with the shaved head?
      Ask them to tell some more about their thoughts, why?
    • What do you think you would have done if you were treated as not having an accent?
      Ask them to tell some more about their thoughts, why?
  • Ask students:
    • Was the treatment of people in the drive thru fair? Who was treated unfairly? Why do you think people are treated unfairly? What do we call this form of unfair treatment? (answer: discrimination)
  • Ask students:
    • In school, do you see unfair treatment? What do you see? Who is treated unfairly? Who treats people unfairly? Record students’ answers.
  • Ask students:
    • Does anybody help stopping the situations you just described? – point to the list of answers recorded. If someone is helping, how are they helping? –record the answers.
  • Ask students:
    • What are the benefits of doing something? of speaking up?
    • What are the risks of not doing something? of not speaking up?
  • What is our responsibility as bystanders?
    • (Bystanders are most of us- people that see unfair treatment but do not take a stand)


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