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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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I continue to be blessed by the loving support of my wife of nearly twenty years; she has consistently been my rock and loudest cheerleader. Darlene, you are the brightest shining star in my universe. I am a diversity educator because I want my children and grandchildren to live in a world where fairness and equity are not just ideals, but are actualized daily. Kasey, Thomas, Aubyn, you are my world. I dedicate this project to my Ana who continues to amaze me with her own commitment to justice and fairness. Through her own love of film, she has taught me how to look deeper into the films to unlock hidden treasures.

I am indebted to Dr. Shirley Steinberg who has become a mentor and friend. Her work in critical pedagogy and media literacy continues to inspire me to become a better educator and teaching practitioner. Her continued faith in me as a scholar is appreciated, and I hope to someday “pay it forward.”

I also must extend my gratitude to the National Association for Multicultural Education for honoring Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook with the 2009 Phillip Chinn book award. Dr. Chinn is an early pioneer of multicultural education and the education of culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional children. To have the original edition highlighted in such a way is mind-boggling and I am forever grateful for the acknowledgment of the potential impact of this text. ← Vii | viii →

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