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What is American?. Take out a piece of paper and make this chart 1-17. LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING PICTURES AND DECIDE IF WHAT YOU SEE IS “AMERICAN”. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. What did you decide?.

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what did you decide
What did you decide?
  • Move to the back of the class if you think the picture is “American”
  • Move to the front of the class if the room is “not American”

They are all photos taken

In the United States!

They all Represent “American life”…

  • Think…Pair … Share
think pair share
Think…Pair … Share
  • Did any of the pictures cause a strong positive reaction? If yes why?
think pair share1
Think…Pair … Share
  • Did any of the pictures cause a strong negative reaction? If yes why?
think pair share2
  • Discuss which ones you got wrong .
think pair share3
  • Did any of the pictures surprise you?
    • If yes, which ones and why.
think pair share4
  • What has been your interactions with Americans?
  • Have they been positive or negative?
think pair share5
  • What are some stereotypes you/Indonesians have about Americans?
    • (don’t by shy, you won’t hurt my feelings)

Have you found the stereotypes to be true in your interactions with Americans?

    • (be honest!)
what are stereotypes1
What are stereotypes?
  • Stereotypes (or "characterizations") are generalizations or assumptions that people make about the characteristics of all members of a group, based on an image about what people in that group are like.
for example
For example
  • one study of stereotypes revealed that Americans are generally considered to be friendly, generous, and tolerant, but also arrogant, impatient, and domineering.

Clearly, not all Americans are friendly and generous; and not all Asians are reserved. But according to this study, others commonly perceive them this way

how can they be positive and helpful1
How can they be positive and helpful?
  • Such generalizations are necessary: in order to be able to interact effectively, we must have some idea of what people are likely to be like, which behaviors will be considered acceptable, and which not.
what role does the media have in stereotyping1
What role does the Media have in stereotyping?
  • If they characterize particular groups of people in certain ways, their viewers (or readers) are likely to do the same. So if a movie -- or the motion picture industry in general -- characterizes a group of people negatively, they are likely to be perpetuating negative stereotypes and making conflicts worse. If they emphasize the positive aspects of groups that contradict prevalent stereotypes, they can have a significant role in building mutual understanding.
what individuals can do to breakdown negative stereotypes1
What Individuals Can Do to Breakdown Negative Stereotypes?
  • Each of us should examine the assumptions that we make about others and ask ourselves where those assumptions come from. Upon what information are they based? Are they based on personal experiences with others?

Take a few minutes to think about any negative stereotypes you might have and where they come from.If you feel comfortable, please share 

modern family
Modern Family
  • New TV show depicting the “Modern American Family”
    • My Favorite 
pay attention to the following
Pay attention to the following
  • Respect for elders
  • Time management
  • Dating dynamics
  • Parenting styles
  • Personal space/privacy
  • Age
  • Accent/ language

What stereotypes are portrayed for each family/character?

    • Straight family, Gay family, Multi Cultural,