Power of Words

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The Museum of Tolerance makes available a variety of resources to interpret the symbols and language of hate including the Lexicon of Hate and Digital Terrorism and Hate CD available at the MOT online shop.

Lesson Plans:

Words Create Our World

In this lesson, students explore the power of words--spoken or written, verbal or nonverbal, by both public figures and everyday citizens of the world. While some words convey hope and positivity, others reveal hate and prejudice. Students identify the effect of both positive and negative words in their own lives and in society. Through analysis, composition, and performance of spoken word poetry, to address an issue of social justice, students raise their consciousness of self, community and world. An enduring Understanding is that words have power.


Lesson Plan Hand-out 1: Quote Cards Get-Lit Video    

Global Hate

Hate is all around us. Hate is so readily available because of the Internet, but also because there are many hate groups throughout the United States and world. These hate groups create a culture for themselves through symbols and music and this lesson explores the many avenues and expressions of hate as well as peaceful-making groups in our community.


Lesson Plan Hand-out 1: Hate Music Hand-out 2: Hate Symbols Hand-out 3: Hate Group Map  

Peacemakers Phrase Poem

One way to present impressions and synthesize thoughts on the Museum of Tolerance experience is to write a phrase poem.A phrase poem is created by taking words and phrases that personally resonate and linger in one’s mind after the trip and arranging them in creative spacing and lines to create a new meaning.It can be done alone or each person in the group can find a phrase that impacts them and everyone can create a summary phrase poem together. Poetry and art can help us synthesize our experiences into powerful aesthetic statements


Lesson Plan Hand-out 1: Quotes from Great Peacemakers