The Immigrant History Initiative recently collaborated with Time for Kids on an educational resource exploring the connections between racial scapegoating and national health crises. The worksheet serves a companion to Time for Kids' child-friendly article, "Calling for Change", which covers activists' responses to recent rises in anti-Asian racism. After reading the article, students are invited to engage in group discussion as they analyze and contextualize two different artistic depictions of anti-Asian racism - one reflecting the small-pox epidemics of 19th century San Francisco and one reflecting the impact of attacks against older Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grade Levels: 3-6
STEP 1: Have students read "Calling for Change" (April 30, 2021). Two grade-appropriate versions of the article can be found below.
STEP 2: Students may then take time to observe and analyze the two images included on the worksheet, completing the questions at the bottom of the page. Both images, one historical and one contemporary, were created in response to cases of anti-Asian violence and racial scapegoating.
High resolution versions of the featured images can be found below.
STEP 3: After completing the worksheet, students may discuss the images and compare answers in small groups.