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Reel Diversity

A Teacher’s Sourcebook – Revised Edition


Brian C. Johnson and Sykra C. Blanchard

The first edition of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook won the 2009 Phillip C. Chinn Book Award of the National Association for Multicultural Education. This revised edition is an updated resource guide for educators in secondary and university classrooms who desire to integrate mainstream and independent films into their instructional content about diversity and social justice. The book has transformed difficult dialogues in classrooms around the country by helping educators identify full-length films and shorter film clips to enhance, energize, and motivate student learning.
Accessible and practical for both novice and advanced educators, the book provides a lexicon of twenty-five definitions that teachers and learners should understand about difference, awareness, and power. Assignments, classroom activities, and lecture notes highlight these definitions in ways that deeply impact students’ multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills. Reel Diversity invites cross-cultural dialogue about films’ mixed messages and how they enforce and reinforce cultural values. Students will emerge with a greater understanding of the educational value of this entertainment medium. The book is perfect for courses in mass media, film studies, American studies, mass communication, and media literacy.
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Advance Praise for Reel Diversity

Advance Praise forREEL DIVERSITY



“...[T]his book is an excellent resource for educators, including EFL/ESL professionals, who are aware of and sensitive to diversity issues or want to become so. It not only illuminates the more subliminal messages projected through popular films, it also offers concrete strategies for challenging those messages in a classroom setting.”

Rosemary Chipley, Independent Educator

“Reel Diversity points to the idea that in classrooms that value diversity, cultural identities need to be affirmed, ethnocentric assumptions need to be challenged, and we need avoid the blame-game or trying to be politically correct. Political correctness is a form of passive aggressiveness and conflict avoidance, according to Johnson, that leaves unspoken misconceptions and biases to breed intolerance and hate.”

Yvette Prinsloo Franklin, in “(Un)Packing Your Backpack:Educational Philosophy, Positionality, and Pedagogy”

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