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New Lesson Plans and Films on Structural Racism
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Bulletin #15 - February 26, 2009

New Lesson Plans

Place Matters: Exploring Our Neighborhoods. Students investigate their own neighborhoods and gain practice in research and analysis while drawing connections between health and a neighborhood's physical, social, service, and economic environments.

Disease and Social Policy in the American South: A Case Study of the Pellagra Epidemic. Students use historical timelines and primary sources to unravel the mystery of a Southern epidemic during the early 20th century. While learning about share-cropping and cotton mills, students investigate how socioeconomic structures and power relations affect population health.

SEND US YOUR LESSON PLANS ! We are seeking lessons and other activities using UNNATURAL CAUSES for our In the Classroom page. KQED has already sent us a series of lessons for ESL students, and the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals developed a set of discussion guides for use with the series.

If you have something you'd like to share, please contact us at health@newsreel.org.

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Films on Structural Racism

UNNATURAL CAUSES reveals how racism continues to affect our society in often hidden but powerful ways. To learn more, check out California Newsreel's structural racism collection.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion

RACE: The Power of an Illusion
This pioneering three-part series explores how race "lives" not in our bodies, but in structures and institutions that disproportionately channel status, power, and wealth to the unmarked race – white people.

Traces of the Trade

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
One family's painful confrontation with their ancestors' involvement in the slave trade illustrates how slavery's legacy has shaped life even in the North.

Tulia Texas

Tulia, Texas
This investigation into a shocking drug bust exposes how the "war on drugs" has become a war on due process, waged against African Americans.

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For Your Next Presentation

Our popular Health Equity Quiz is available as a PowerPoint presentation – with music! Easy to download and add to your slideshow!

Find other charts, handouts, and tools on the Handouts page.

Health Equity Quiz Powerpoint

Many people have found it useful to include short clips in their presentations when they don't have time to screen an entire episode. The next time you speak, consider showing just the 5-minute intro or another short clip, selectable from the DVD menu. For ideas, check out our video clips.

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