3.3 Human Rights - How Does the Past Affect the Present? Schwarzfahrer
CHAPTER 3 - How Do Germans Face Their History?
EXTENSIONS: Read the poem An Imaginary Foreigner Strike (Resource 3.3.3) in Berlin by Turkish-German poet Aras Ă–ren. Before reading the poem, the teacher should ask the students the following questions: 1. Does your community have foreign workers? In what occupations? 2. What are the countries of origin of these workers? 3. Are these foreign workers welcomed? Unwelcomed? Necessary? Unwanted? Why?
Before discussing the poem, in groups, with partners or individually, the teacher should ask the students to compile a list of tasks which were left undone during the foreign worker strike, and then based on the above lists, the teacher should direct the students to compile a second list of the jobs held/done by foreign workers. Post reading discussion questions: 1. Do you know someone who has been on strike? What were the reasons for this action? 2. Has there even been a strike in your community? If so, how did it affect the community? 3. Why would foreign workers go on strike? (In your community and/or in Germany?) 4. Read the last two lines again. Although foreign workers are essential, there is clearly xenophobia (fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign). Discuss this.
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