THE RESTAURANT STORY:
A FRENCH AMERICAN BECOMES MORE VISIBLE
By Michael Parent
Do you know how it feels to be looked at like you don’t quite measure up, like you’re not as valuable as someone else? Sure. We all know the sting of a put down, whether done with words or with body language. In this story, Michael Parent tells of such an encounter and how the people involved set the record straight.
Storyteller Michael Parent easily sets the stage for this story by giving the listener a bit of background on Franco-Americans. He compares their invisibility as a result of trying to fit into the new country to the powerful visibility of some of America’s more recent immigrants. With the stage set, listeners can easily connect to the ignorance experienced by many immigrants. Listen and feel the empowerment!
Classroom Reflections & Activities:
- Create several scenarios of ignorance about immigrants for students to role play and respond to. Encourage empathy in the responses.
- “Myth Busters.” Generate a series of comments or beliefs about immigrants written down on notecards for students. Distribute the cards and have students work in small groups to research the comment or belief to discover if it is fact or myth. Noting the origin of the comment or belief could also be interesting.
- Have students journal about a time when they felt inadequate or not as good as someone else. Describe not only the event, but also the feelings experienced.