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Exploring Peaceful Protests with BrainPOP

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This spring, in response to recent school shootings, students across the country are participating in peaceful protests demanding safer schools–from the National School Walkout to March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Use this teachable moment to share stories of historical marches and protests, and the people who led them or other peaceful demonstrations. To help you with these efforts, explore these BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. topics:


César Chávez
Civil Rights
Frederick Douglass
Harvey Milk
Jim Crow
Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vietnam War
Wangari Maathai
Women’s Suffrage

BrainPOP Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rosa Parks
Ruby Bridges

The related movies feature marches or protests in some way. During and/or after watching the movies, ask questions such as the following to spark conversation:

  • What was the purpose of the protest/march?
  • Was the the protest/march effective? Why or why not?
  • In what way was the protest/march nonviolent?
  • Would you have wanted to participate in the protest or march? Why or why not?

After exploring some or all of these topics, bring attention back to the upcoming protests. Ask students to share their thoughts on the National School Walkout, March for Our Lives, or other similar peaceful demonstrations for school safety. Discuss other ways to express your opinion in peaceful ways, such as through works of art, plays, music, and stories.