Teacher Guide and Resource Page to MDT2's Curriculum: Standing Up to Social Cruelty
Featuring the book It Rained Warm Bread
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This pilot program is supported by a generous grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation.
How to use this curriculum guide
Our director of curriculum, Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, offers teachers suggestions on how to use these extension video lessons to supplement and enhance the classroom workshop.
We've also included our slide presentations to our Part 1 and Part 2 of our in-class workshop in case you want to review again with your students.
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The Story Behind
It Rained Warm Bread
Young people are the catalysts to instigating societal change, and examining the past is a way to ensure that we do not repeat the injustices and mistakes of the past. We use lessons from history to encourage students to stand up to racism and hate, both online and off. In this video, Gloria talks about the inspiration behind this book, and it has become the cornerstone of My Digital TAT2's mission and curriculum.
Part 3 (29 minutes)
Hear the Book in the
Poet's Own Voice
Hope Anita Smith, co-author of It Rained Warm Bread, is an American poet and author of children's books, best known for her Coretta Scott King Award winning novel Keeping the Night Watch.
In these two videos, she reads a poem from each chapter of It Rained Warm Bread and discusses her writing, the use of metaphor, and her creative process.
The classroom workshops
for your review
Parts 1 and 2
As you'll recall, part 1 of the workshop is anchored by the holocaust story of 13-year old Moishe as told in the book "It Rained Warm Bread" to support young people in recognizing their power to stand up to social cruelty and intolerance.
In part 2 of the workshop, we challenge students to make connections from history to their current online lives and provide strategies for standing up to bullying, toxicity, and hate. These slide presentations include live links to the videos shown in the classroom.
How our 7th grade curriculum aligns with
Social-Emotional Learning Standards
Recognizing the feelings and perspectives of others:
· Analyze why literary characters felt as they did.
· Analyze the various points of view expressed on a historical or social issue.
· Recognize how a situation would make you feel and treat others accordingly.
· Distinguish between bullying behavior and non-bullying situations.
· Discuss what it means to “step into the shoes of another.”
Recognizing individual and group similarities and differences:
· Describe the basic rights of all individuals regardless of their social or cultural affiliations.
· Identify unwelcome bullying behaviors.
· Identify ways to advocate for others.
· Describe situations where minority groups have been respected at school or in the community.
· Discuss stereotyping and its negative impact on others.
· Demonstrate respect for members of various ethnic and religious groups.
· Explain why bullying behavior is harmful to oneself or others.
Use Communication and social skills to interact effectively with others:
· Distinguish between positive and negative peer pressure.
· Demonstrate strategies for resisting negative peer pressure.
We're making an impact
My Digital TAT2’s proven, interactive curriculum has guided more than 35,000 students to be ethical and responsible producers and consumers of digital media, who are able to protect and respect their own and other's privacy, prevent and stand up to social cruelty, and think critically to recognize disinformation.
Co-founded in 2011 by two mental health professionals (who are also parents), the foundation of our programs is based on social emotional learning, thereby supporting the innate empathy, creativity, and curiosity of the children we serve.
MDT2 is poised to help students self-regulate in a tech-saturated world and help them make responsible, healthy, and mindful choices.