• It is important to understand more than one point of view. This offers an opportunity for individuals to think beyond the obvious, identify bias, and to obtain a greater understanding of the information.

Objective- This assignment is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore multiple points of view and to speculate on potential opposition.

Complete the following steps:

  1. After listening to “The Joker: Torn Between Goof and Evil” (click on link)


briefly summarize how The Joker has changed over the years.

  1. Imagine that you have been assigned to create a new comic book involving The Joker. Which version of The Joker would you choose to oppose Batman? Why?

  1. Which version of The Joker do you think parents would choose to see in a Batman film? Consider the humorous, goofy version and his impact on children who may read a comic or view a film compared with the dark, dangerous version who appears in The Dark Knight. Think about the impact that the character will have on the children and the difference between laughing at a character and feeling afraid of him.

Make a chart that identifies the impact that a humorous, goofy Joker will have on children (place this information on one side) and the impact that a dark, dangerous Joker will have on children (place information on the other side).

NOW, try and apply your understanding of point of view to a historical moment that helped change the United States.

  1. Warriors Don’t Cry, written by Melba Pattillo Beals, is an autobiographical account of her experience as one of “The Little Rock Nine”, a group of nine students who in 1957 volunteered to be the first African-American students to attend Little Rock’s Central High School. This was a major endeavor that was opposed by many people who supported segregation.

Please read the following from Warriors Don’t Cry:

The daily papers were full of news about the Brown v. Board of Education case. Little Rock’s white people were saying the same things as the “raping” man had said. I couldn’t imagine they would ever change their minds and allow their children to go to school with me, no matter what laws those men on the Supreme Court made. But on May 24, 1955, the newspapers said the Little Rock school board had adopted a plan to limit integration to Central High School. They weren’t going to allow it to actually begin, however, for two years – not till September, 1957.

When my teacher asked if anyone who lived within the Central High School district wanted to attend school with white people, I raised my hand. As I signed my name on the paper they passed around, I thought about all those times I had gone past Central High wanting to see inside. I was certain it would take a miracle to integrate Little Rock’s schools. But I reasoned that if schools were open to my people, I would also get access to other opportunities I had been denied, like going to schools at Robinson Auditorium, or sitting on the first floor of the movie theater.

By December 1, 1955, I began to realize that Grandma was right. Our people were stretching out to know down the fences of segregation. I read in the paper that one of our people, a woman named Rosa Parks, had refused to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus. Her willingness to be arrested rather than give in one more time led to the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. I felt such a strange surge of pride when I thought about how my people had banned together to force a change. It gave me hope that maybe things in Little Rock could change.

  1. Although Melbas was apprehensive about the idea of attending Central High School, her apprehension was overcome by her excitement. However, her parents had different emotions based on assessing this situation from a different point of view.

Melba’s decision to help integrate Central High School would forever change the United States, yet it did not happen without enormous risks and significant sacrifices. Consider how her parents felt when Melba decided to attend Central High School. They understood that it would be dangerous and they were forced to consider whether or not to permit their daughter to participate in this endeavor.

Imagine Melba is your daughter and it is 1955. Create a chart that identifies the reasons for permitting her to attend and for not permitting her to participate in the effort to integrate Central High School.

  1. Now create one paragraph that states whether you (as Melba’s parent) will allow or will not allow your daughter to participate in the integration of Central High School. You must create a topic sentence, support it, and create a concluding sentence.
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