Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

NOTE TO EDUCATORS: The movie featured in this lesson plan describes the ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ+ community for equal rights. Consider previewing the movie before showing it to the class.

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP News episode Pride 2021. Its content and activities are intended to instill in students the intrinsic worth of all individuals and the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects that show how to advocate for equality and inclusiveness.

 

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students to describe a time when they saw or heard of someone being bullied. It can be something they witnessed firsthand or that they know about from a book, the news, a movie, etc. Then ask: How did seeing or hearing about the situation make you feel? What did you do and/or what do you wish you’d done? 

Follow up by asking the class to brainstorm ways people can stand up to discrimination, or use their voice to make a change.

 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.  
  • Students read the “Real Life” Related Reading and discuss with a partner the strategies for how to deal with a person who is bullying.  

 

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging young people to use their voices to create change.
  • Make-a-Map: Using words, images, and clips from the movie, identify ways to stand up to discrimination and / or advocate for equality and inclusiveness.
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit in honor of Ose or another person who advocates for equality and inclusiveness.


Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they learned about how kids can help make the world a more inclusive and equitable place. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • In what ways did Ose stand up against discrimination in their school? How can you stand up to discrimination in your school?
  • What can you do to make your school or community more inclusive and equitable?
  • What can you do if you are being bullied? 
  • What can you do if you see someone else being bullied?

 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Pride 2021 Quiz.

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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