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        Children of Giant: Stereotypes

        Children of Giant unearths the deeply wrought emotions surrounding the de-facto segregation of Anglos and Latinos in the small West Texas town of Marfa, before, during, and after the month-long production of George Stevens’ 1956 feature film, Giant, which tells the story of three generations of a powerful Texas ranching dynasty. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. In this lesson, students will understand the ongoing social impact of stereotypes in film and media and how George Stevens and the makers of Giant both reinforced and attempted to subvert common and pernicious stereotypes of race, class, and gender in 1950’s America. 

        Children of Giant: Stereotypes | Lesson Plan

        In this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of stereotypes and their impact on film and media. Using clips from "Giant," students will explore some of the stereotypes of race, class, and gender prevalent during the 1950s in the United States.

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        Children of Giant: Stereotypes | Clip 1

        In this clip from "Children of Giant," students will explore how extras in "Giant" were used to display stereotypical versions of Mexican-Americans during the 1950s.

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        Children of Giant: Stereotypes | Clip 2

        In this clip from "Children of Giant," students learn about Elsa Cárdenas, whose role in "Giant" as Juana reflected the treatment of Mexican-Americans in Texas during the period of filming.

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