Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Government and Politics

Leadership

Service Learning & Social Good

Join the activists on Black Lives Matter Plaza as they stand together as catalysts for Good Trouble, seeking racial justice for the Black Community.

avatar Submitted By: Felisa Ford, Ken Shelton, Natasha Rachell

January 14, 2021

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Skills

  • Character
  • Citizenship
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Black Lives Matter Home

Black Lives Matter Official Website

Black Lives Matter Explained

Washington Post Video explaining the Black Lives Matter Movement

BrainPop - Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter explained for younger students

D.C. Street Becomes Black Lives Matter Plaza

Video of Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C.

Middle and High School Resources

BLM resources and books

Street Art and Black Lives Matter

The New York Times Article

Supporting Files

Black Lives Matter T-Chart


Have students use this T-Chart to capture what they think or what they know about Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Guided Research PowerPoint


Use this Black Lives Matter PowerPoint for students to conduct their guided research for Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Full Lesson


This is the full lesson plan for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson

Black Lives Matter Q & A


This is the BLM Q & A for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson

Black Lives Matter Vocabulary


This is the vocabulary for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson.

Good Trouble - Minecraft World file


Good Trouble Minecraft world used to support the lesson activities. Link will open in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Learning Objectives

  • SIGNIFICANT CONTEXT: Students will develop an analytical understanding of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • HEROIC CONTEXT: Students will identify important people/events of the BLM movement and their role within this movement.
  • HISTORICAL/POLITICAL AWARENESS: Students will develop a better understanding of racial injustices and their impact on the black community.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT: Students will develop a better understanding of how to make meaningful choices to influence positive changes for others.

Guiding Ideas

Essential Question

How has the Black Lives Matter movement’s fight for racial justice influenced positive change in society or in a community?

Guiding Ideas and Questions 

  • Why did the Black Lives Matter movement develop?
  • What was/is the context in which the BLM Movement occurred?
  • What conditions were present that served as a catalyst for the BLM movement?
  • Who are the leaders of the BLM movement?
    • Co-founders
    • Decentralized Leadership
  • Whose stories are at the center of the Black Lives Matter movement?
  • Why has the BLM movement gained more attention and support between 2012 and 2020?

Teacher Preparation for Lesson:

  • Select the video that is appropriate for the grade level that you teach.
  • Consider local, regional, or nationally relevant Black Lives Matter events to include in a discussion as it relates to topics explored in this lesson.
  • Pre-teach - racial injustice, police brutality, racial profiling, white privilege, ally, and empathy.
  • Provide T-Chart
  • Create an editable copy of the PowerPoint Template for the BLM Guided Search for students to collaborate on the PPT
  • Street Art as a form of both artistic expression and protest has become commonplace in the BLM. Discuss Article and watch video prior to beginning the Minecraft Street Art activity.

Lesson Details: Suggested lesson times are included. This lesson is designed to take place over the course of one or two class periods. Portions of the lesson could be assigned to be completed at home (i.e., watch videos, complete research, student reflection, extension activities).

Note:  See Full Lesson plan for all activities.

Student Activities

Student Activities: (~90-120 minutes) 

1.  Introductory Questions (Class Discussion)

  • What do you think when you hear the words racial injustice?
  • What do you think when you hear the words “BLACK LIVES MATTER”?
  • What do you know about the Black Lives Matter movement?
    • Note: Have students use a T-Chart to capture their responses in regard to BLM.
      • I Think
      • I Know

The teacher will begin the lesson by sharing this short video of “Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World” that shares the story of George Floyd and the eight minutes that reignited a movement!

  • After watching the video set a timer for a short period (2–4 minutes, max) and have students write any thoughts that come to mind about what they’ve seen or how they feel (recalling their thinking or emotions about the video).
  • Create a Word Cloud based on student responses.
  • Project the word cloud and have students discuss what they notice. (e.g., larger words mentioned more often by students)

2. Working in small groups have students conduct a quick guided search: (use the prompts below to conduct the search). Use this PowerPoint Template for the BLM Guided Search. Students will collaborate on the PPT.

  • a. What are the Goals of the BLM Movement? (Guiding Principles)
  • b. Black Lives Matter Movement (information, images, videos)
  • c. Identify people/events affiliated with the BLM Movement (Patrisse Cullors. Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Mother Emanuel AME Church, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, etc.)
  • d. What was/is the context in which the BLM Movement occurred?
  • e. What conditions were present that served as a catalyst for the BLM movement?

3. Minecraft EE: Black Lives Matter World (45 minutes)

  • Have students enter the Good Trouble Minecraft world. From the lobby, click on the John Lewis NPC to join the BLM Activists on Black Lives Matter Plaza as they stand together against racial injustice while acting as catalysts for Good Trouble, positive change, and racial justice for the Black Community.
  • Students will explore the BLM world, using the camera and the Book and Quill to take pics of various protest signs and take notes from NPC links as they learn more about the BLM Movement and the context in which it occurred, identifying people involved, and recording how the #BlackLivesMatter started. Be sure to pay close attention to the people present at BLM Plaza, analyze the scene, what do you notice, pay attention to details and record this information as well.
  • Students will create art that would show what the world/our community/city would look like when this movement has achieved its goals.

4.   Reflection

After learning about the Black Lives Matter Movement and creating their street art, students will use the Minecraft camera to take a selfie in front of their creation and write a reflection using the Minecraft book and quill. Students should explain the meaning of their street art and its connection to the BLM Movement.

Extension Activities:  See the full lesson plan for the extension activities.

Performance Expectations

At the end of this lesson:

  • Students will understand how and why the Black Lives Matter movement was started.
  • Students will understand how racial injustices and the killings of Black lives sparked a global movement.
  • Students will understand how to display a sense of empathy and understanding for others as they explore the reasons and causes of the BLM movement.
  • Students will understand the terminology associated with racial injustice and discrimination.

 

Skills

  • Character
  • Citizenship
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Black Lives Matter Home

Black Lives Matter Official Website

Black Lives Matter Explained

Washington Post Video explaining the Black Lives Matter Movement

BrainPop - Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter explained for younger students

D.C. Street Becomes Black Lives Matter Plaza

Video of Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C.

Middle and High School Resources

BLM resources and books

Street Art and Black Lives Matter

The New York Times Article

Supporting Files

Black Lives Matter T-Chart


Have students use this T-Chart to capture what they think or what they know about Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Guided Research PowerPoint


Use this Black Lives Matter PowerPoint for students to conduct their guided research for Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Full Lesson


This is the full lesson plan for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson

Black Lives Matter Q & A


This is the BLM Q & A for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson

Black Lives Matter Vocabulary


This is the vocabulary for the Minecraft Good Trouble: Black Lives Matter Lesson.

Good Trouble - Minecraft World file


Good Trouble Minecraft world used to support the lesson activities. Link will open in Minecraft: Education Edition.