Members of TACT are taking an active stance to counter the scapegoating and racism that is targeting our community today. Asian Americans, including children, have become victims of name calling, harassment and even violent hate crimes created by the fear of the Coronavirus.
We have prepared two short reading articles to help EL, middle and upper elementary students to better understand what may be going on around them.
1. RACISM DURING THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS (1 page, appropriate for high beginning EL and upper elementary students). It is available with key terms translated in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic as well as in an English-only version.
2. A SUMMARY OF ABC7 TOWN HALL on RACISM AND CORONAVIRUS (aired April 2, 2020) is appropriate for intermediate-advanced ELD and mainstream social studies and ethnic studies classes grades 7-12; 2 pages with a multilingual glossary of key terms.
We encourage you to discuss these topics with your students and hope this curriculum supports you during this time. Students should be aware that they and members of their families are supported if they encounter harassment. They should know how to report a problem if one occurs, to an ally such as a teacher, counselor, police officer, community group, and parents of course. They need to see how xenophobia and racism have been a part of American history, affecting many ethnic groups in different ways at different times.
Attached are links to PDF versions that you may download for use in your classes. These, and other resources, are also available on our website: tactsf.org [Go to Curriculum, Google Drive, Xenophobia During Time of Coronavirus] As always, this is Work in Progress. We hope to bring you more curriculum in the future. Please let us know if you would like to support and assist with our efforts.
Stay healthy and continue to support your students in this difficult time.
With greatest respect and camaraderie,
The TACT Executive Board
TACT is a non-profit operating under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). We are entirely volunteer-run. Our tax ID is #94-2325845.