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Who Are American Muslims?

Why is anti-Muslim bias on the rise in the United States? How much do your students know about Islam and its followers? Explore these questions with two student-friendly videos.
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We know there has been an alarming spike in fear, anger and violence toward American Muslims (and individuals perceived to be Muslim) in the last year; we also know that schools have the power to help counter Islamophobia.

Not sure where to start? Consider showing one or both of these short videos to your students and engaging them in a discussion about what they learned. Use the accompanying questions as a jumping-off point.

 

Muslim Students in America

  1. What are some ways you can be an ally or advocate to Muslim students who experience bullying or harassment? (beyond the video)
     
  2. In what ways are you and the students in the video the same? In what ways are you different? (connection to the video)
     
  3. What was an assumption you had about Muslims prior to watching this video? What is something you learned about Muslims from the video? (compare and contrast)
     
  4. What does the word Islam mean? Does this meaning surprise you? Why or why not? (within/beyond the video)

 

Small Truths: American Muslims

  1. Each individual in the video has unique experiences that make them who they are. What makes you who are? (beyond the video)
     
  2. What is something that surprised you about the video? (connection to the video)
     
  3. What message is this video trying to send? (within/beyond the video)
     
  4. In your opinion, are American Muslims viewed favorably in the United States? Provide evidence to support your answer. (beyond the video)
     
  5. What was an assumption you had about Muslims prior to watching this video? What is something you learned about Muslims from the video? (compare and contrast)
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