This case study focuses on a contemporary tension related to the theme of belonging in America. Students identify stereotypes about Muslims and misconceptions about the Muslim faith, reflecting on the harm those biases do to the Muslim community in the United States. The goal of this lesson is for students to develop empathic attitudes toward the victims of Islamophobia and to become informed, so that they are able to debunk stereotypes. General knowledge of the events of 9/11 is recommended prior to teaching this lesson.
Note to Educators: This lesson addresses sensitive topics related to religion and terrorism. Consider what pre-teaching and personal reflection you need to do in order to deliver instruction in a way that is both sensitive and meaningful for all students.