Station 0: Oppression and Dominant/Counter Narratives

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Station 0: Oppression and Dominant/Counter Narratives

  1. 1. Station 0 WHY ARE WE HERE?WHY SHOULD WE CAREABOUT ENGLISH CLASS?
  2. 2. Agenda Oppression Dominant and counter narratives Crab-on-crab violence
  3. 3. OBJECTIVESWBAT define and explain new vocabulary that shows one reason why we need to care about English classVOCAB: oppression dominant narrative counter narrative
  4. 4. NEW VOCABULARYWhat is oppression?Oppression is unjust or cruel exercise of power over groups of people. While privilege opens doors of opportunity, oppression slams these doors shut.For example, during the years of segregation and slavery, whites oppressed blacks.  Oppressor in this scenario = whites  Oppressed in this scenario = blacks
  5. 5. What does this quote mean?The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. --Stephen Bantu Biko, South African Activist
  6. 6. How do we believe the things that we believe? TV Movies Government School Family Etc.Stories that are most often told in society are called dominant narratives.  Dominant = powerful and controlling
  7. 7. Examples of Dominant Narratives Stereotypes  (all Black people like rap music, all Asians are good at math, etc.) Money = power Being gay is not normal What other dominant narratives can you think of?
  8. 8. :60 seconds QUICK CHAT1. Do you agree that money equals power?2. Who decides that money equals power?
  9. 9. Answer this…1. Do you agree with dominant narratives?2. Are dominant narratives always telling the truth?3. Who decides what the truth is in our society?
  10. 10. What is the purpose of this class? To understand the dominant and counter narratives being told to us through texts To capture and express our voices to tell our own truths or counter-narrativesCounter narratives are narratives that go against dominant narratives.
  11. 11. Example of a counter narrative:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_emb edded&v=ltun92DfnPY
  12. 12. Example: Crab-On-Crab ViolenceSCENARIO: There are live crabs in a barrel at a market, and they’re fighting over each other to escape.
  13. 13. Example: Crab-On-Crab Violence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm2CTLkqCsw CLICK on the link above and watch the video
  14. 14. Write a two sentence summary of what you learned on the back of your notes.

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