This article lists short films that can facilitate classroom discussions on race and racism. It also lists a few tips (Teaching Ideas) for further awareness and understanding of the issues. Some of the Teaching Ideas include: open-ended questions; offer choices of the film to students; use short activities; pair with short readings; take action.
How do we get students to consider perspectives different from their own? How do we get them to challenge their own biases and prejudices? If, as Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that?
Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up these conversations, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why we pulled together these 26 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.
To help teachers make the most of these films, we also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.