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Who's in, Who's out?

  1. Divide your class into small groups of no more than three or four students.
  2. Hand out copies of Document Study #1 to each group and give the groups a chance to read and discuss.
  3. You may want to point out to students that the "Your People" document is actually a secondary source and not a primary source. This excerpt is based on an interview but is not a transcript of the interview itself.
  4. After students have finished their discussions and come back together, explain: In these examples people's ideas about their identity and membership groups shaped how they viewed the world around them and also how they chose to act in the world. Sometimes we also make choices about how and when to express our membership in our group or whether we want to express that membership at all. For example, we may choose to wear a Jewish star only when we are with other Jews, we may choose to wear it all the time, or we may choose not to wear one at all. Provide the opportunity for students to respond to these statements.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Who's in, Who's out?." (Viewed on January 24, 2018) <>.


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