Mr. Valenzuela

FHAO Race and Membership: Teacher Resources


1) The Individual and Society

 FHAO Race+Membership Individual and Society Seminar

microsoft_word_logo Defining Identity

youtube-logo I Am Not My Hair Song

microsoft_word_logo I Am Not My Hair Lyrics

adobe-pdf-logo Little Things Are Big

2) Why Differences Matter

link A Class Divided

microsoft_word_logo Your America Metaphor Handout

 FHAO Race+Membership Why Differences Matter Seminar

3) Science and the Invention of Race

microsoft_word_logo Science and the Invention of Race Jigsaw

link Understanding Race - Who Is White?

 FHAO Race+Membership Science of Race Seminar

link RaceBox (US Census Race Questions from 1790-2010)

4) Slavery Without Chains: Segregation and Jim Crow

link The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)

adobe-pdf-logo Segregation Primary Sources Packet A

adobe-pdf-logo Segregation Primary Sources Packet B

adobe-pdf-logo Segregation Primary Sources Packet C

youtube-logo Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Consequences of Plessy Video

 FHAO Race+Membership Slavery Without Chains: Segregation and Jim Crow Seminar

5) Road to Brown v. Board of Education

 FHAO Race+Membership Road to Brown Seminar

microsoft_word_logo Classifying Arguments for Each Side of the Case

microsoft_word_logo Instructions for Legal Strategies of the NAACPedia

 Legal Strategies of the NAACPedia Master Slides

 Plessy v. Ferguson (model slide)

link Charles Hamilton Houston (research link)

link Thurgood Marshall (research link)

link The NAACP (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette Buchanan v. Warley (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette Gaines v. Canada (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette Mendez v. Westminster (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette Sweatt v. Painter (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents (research link)

legal_scales_black_silhouette Henderson v. United States (research link)

6) Boston School Desegregation Through Busing

 FHAO Race+Membership Boston School Desegregation Through Busing

youtube-logo Eyes on the Prize ("Keys to the Kingdom") Video

youtube-logo Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise Video

link This American Life - The Problem We Live With (Audio) Part I and Part II

link Boston School Desegregation And Busing: A Timeline Of Events

 link "It Was Like A 'War Zone': Busing In Boston" (WBUR)

 link "American Schools Are More Segregated Now Than They Were In 1968, And The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care" (Think Progress)


Civics – Unit 6 Public Service Announcement Mini-Project

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Today in class, students began working on the Unit 6 Public Service Announcement Mini-Project. The goal of this project is to educate others about the school-to-prison pipeline, our criminal justice system, our juvenile justice system (or how juveniles are sometimes tried as adults), the private-prison system, crime statistics in Boston, or how to deal with the police by creating an public service announcement (PSA)/advertisement. To begin the project, download the project handout below:

adobe-pdf-logo Unit 6 Advertisement Directions

This project is due on Monday June 9th! Submit the final copy of your PSA/advertisement using the link below:

link Submit your final Unit 6 Advertisement Project HERE.


Civics Homework – Jun 4


Today in class, students assessed the organization of their Interactive Student Notebooks by taking a Notebook Quiz (on p. 34-70).

Homework - There is NO new HW tonight!


Civics Homework – Jun 3


Today in class, students expanded their understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline by researching the facts and statistics of spending on education and incarceration in the United States. Check out the entire report from the NAACP below:

 Misplaced Priorities: A New Report from NAACP

Homework - Imagine you are in charge of the Boston Public Schools, and you have just been awarded $1 million to spend on education programs in the city for next year - design the programs that you think will best help to prevent students from dropping out of school and ending up int he criminal justice system (10 sentences).

To see what students in each section researched today, click "Continue Reading" below.


Civics – Set Up (Video)

Set Up from Jose Valenzuela on Vimeo.


Civics Homework – Jun 2


Today in class, students began to define the school-to-prison pipeline and explain its consequences by watching a short film on the high school "dropout" crisis, and by reading an article.

Homework  - Fixing discipline at TBA - What needs to change at TBA to make sure our school is not part of the school-to-prison pipeline? What does our school already do well to make sure that doesn't happen? (10 sentences)


Civics Homework – May 30


Today in class, students completed watching the film Juvies and discussed the consequences for trying juveniles as adults in the criminal justice system.

Homework - p. 74 - Write a letter to the Governor of California (Jerry Brown) explaining to him the film we watched in class, the juveniles we saw in the film, and what your thoughts on the film are - at least 10 sentences!

For an EXTRA HW STAMP, you can write an additional letter to Governor Jerry Brown telling him whether or not you support Duc's release from prison (Duc is up for parole this year, October 2012 - the last time he was up for parole he was denied). Your extra letter should be at least 10 sentences!


Civics Homework – May 29


Today in class, students compared and contrasted the juvenile justice system with the adult criminal justice system by taking Cornell Notes.

Homework - p. 72 -   Write a letter to a friend (real or imaginary) who is participating in criminal activity, explaining what will happen if they get arrested based on what you learned in class today. (10 sentences!)


Civics Homework – May 28


Today in class, students discussed and explained the "rules" for dealing with the police by watching a film ("10 Rules for Dealing with Police") and taking notes.

 5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search

Homework - p. 70 - Read, annotate, and answer the questions for the article 5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search

For more information on this topic and the film check out!

More videos on how to deal with cops


Civics – Billions Behind Bars