Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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.



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.



  • 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.


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