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Teacher Lesson Return to "Sticking With Black Lives Matter"
Sticking With Black Lives Matter
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Activism 101


Freewrite and Discussion: 10 minutes
Ask the group what they think it means to be an activist. [An activist is someone who works for political or social change.]

Then write on the board the following prompt:

— Is activism only something that adults can do, or can teens be activists and work to make change for issues they care about? Explain.

Give teens about five minutes to write their responses. (They will not have to turn them in.) Then invite anyone who wants to share to read their responses aloud.

Read the Story: 10 minutes
As a group, read “Sticking With Black Lives Matter” by Demetria Mack aloud, taking turns. Let teens pass if they want.

Discussion: 10 minutes
Ask for examples of how Demetria and her group became activists to support the work of Black Lives Matter [discussed news, learned about relevant topics, and developed partnerships], and what they plan to do in the future [invite local activists to speak, host an assembly, teach workshops to teens, distribute information].

Ask the group to list the obstacles Demetria and her peers face as teen activists. [Keeping interest in the group alive, finding productive ways to channel anger and frustration, having suggestions be ignored, needing teachers as advisors, raising money, etc.]

Ask the group to brainstorm strategies and projects they would try if they were a part of the Black Lives Matter group at the writer’s school. As group members brainstorm ideas, you can jot them on the board.

Closing: 10 minutes
Ask each teen to write down one issue or topic that gets them frustrated or angry, which they could work to change through activism. Then, have them write about the kind of change they would want to see and identify one strategy they could use to help make that change happen. Then invite anyone who wants to share to read their responses aloud.
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(FCYU-2018-01-07)

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