The Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Exercise

After reading a brief explanation of Jane Elliot's famous "Blue-eyes/Brown-eyes" exercise class members use the provided questions to launch a discussion of their own reactions to the exercise and about prejudice.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After the initial discussion of the article, have groups research the reactions to the exercise, including TV coverage, documentaries, magazine articles, and books
Classroom Considerations

  • Research the reactions and public attention the activity garnered before using this resource with your classes
  • The discussion of the article requires a safe and respectful classroom environment

  • The resource includes a summary of the exercise and discussion questions

  • None