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GROUP WORK: focus on the four documents shown here and, using a googledoc, share your answers to the topics below. Discuss the similarities / differences. Pay attention to details, but if you still can’t do much, google a bit!

② You, Whoever You Are! All you continentals of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, indifferent of place! All you on the numberless islands of the archipelagoes of the sea! All you of centuries hence when you listen to me! All you each and everywhere whom I specify not, but include just the same! Health to you! good will to you all, from me and America sent! Each of us is inevitable, Each of us is limitless—each of us with his or her right upon the earth, Each of us allow'd the eternal purports of the earth, Each of us here as divinely

as any is here.

③ Article 2.



Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Walt Whitman

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RACISM I – DISCUSSION TOPICS for class (or as prep activity or for homework): 1. 2. 3. 4.

How would you define race? How do you identify a person’s race? What race are you then? How do you know you are THAT race?

(For further info or to help you answer these topics / questions, check and Now write the answers to the following questions: 5. What about racism? What’s racism? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Is racism a serious problem …where you live? …in your country? …in different places around the world? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 7. Why (not)? Refer to the different places. ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 8. Who is usually most affected? Account for your answer. ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 9. Have you ever been (or know) a victim of racial abuse? Describe what happened. ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 10.Do you consider yourself a racist? Why (not)? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

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II – LANGUAGE AND RACISM Have you ever thought about how language can perpetuate RACISM??? Consider the following examples.

1. What (feelings / states…) do you associate with the colour…

2. What about with …



3. Now complete the following collocations / idioms with the colour words “WHITE” or “BLACK”(check them up with a dictionary): a) When she asked me if I liked her new dress I had to tell a ____________________ lie. b) This junction is a well-known accident ____________________ spot. c) Mathew has always been the ____________________ sheep of the family. d) The weathermen are predicting a beautiful ____________________ Christmas this year. e) Tickets for the Games are being sold on the ____________________ market for unbelievably high prices. f) I want to see this down in ____________________ and ____________________! g) Show the ____________________ flag! They’ll know we’ve accepted defeat and wish to stop fighting. h) He is a very dangerous man and his name is in a ________________ list.

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4. Complete the following grid with the previous expressions. ENGLISH EXPRESSION

a) a


Use a dictionary if you have to.



b) c) d) e) f) g) h)

III – RACISM – Further Vocabulary 1. Check the following words by matching them with the corresponding definition: Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (7th edition) - adapted

1. Xenophobia


a) The unfair treatment of people who belong to a different “race”.

2. Bigotry


b) The practice of treating a particular group in society less fairly than others.

3. Prejudice


c) The murder of a whole race or group of people.

4. Multiculturalism


d) Strong feeling of dislike or fear of people from other countries.

5. Discrimination


e) The state of feeling or the act of expressing strong, unreasonable beliefs or opinions.

6. Racism


7. Segregation


f) An unreasonable dislike of or a preference for a person, group, custom, etc especially when it is based on their race, religion, sex… g) The practice of giving importance to all cultures in a society.

8. Genocide


h) The act or policy of separating people of different races, religions or sexes and treating them differently. Alexandra Duarte

2. Having the previous vocab in mind and the illustrative “tree”, comment on the sentence in about 80 words:

“Man is (born) naturally good, but is corrupted by society” Discourse on the Origins of Inequality Among Men (1754), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

3. Build IMPERATIVE SENTENCES saying no to racism! Begin with the letters of the word given below (eg: Accept differences)

R________________________________________________________! A________________________________________________________! C________________________________________________________! I ________________________________________________________! S________________________________________________________! M________________________________________________________!

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Worksheets on RACISM  

Vocab and grammar practice on racism; general info to be used to introduce the topic

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