Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP News episode The Pride March at 50, and supports the standard of examining struggles for equality and factors that enabled or limited success. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:

  • Where have you seen or heard about groups of people being treated unfairly?
  • What are some ways that people have fought for equal rights?


  • Read the description on the The Pride March at 50 topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the three articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Pride March at 50 Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND 

Students express what they learned about the Pride March while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a public service announcement describing how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a timeline sequencing significant moments in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit in honor of an important figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. 

More to Explore 

Time Zone X: Civil Rights: Challenge students to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.

Do I Have a Right?: Players explore constitutional rights by running a constitutional law firm in this interactive game.

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments