Teach the Black Lives Matter movement, engage students in social justice issues, and encourage collaboration through lit circles with this Black Lives Matter & Social Justice Lit Circle Bundle--online or in person!
This literature circle includes material for teaching The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
This bundle also includes a social justice speech project plus supplementary materials like a social justice graphic organizer and a worksheet for Netflix's "13th" film.
Students will choose one of the three novels to read as well as a social justice topic for an end-of-unit speech project. During the 5-week reading phase, students will read their chosen novel, work on novel-specific activities, and meet with their groups. They will also research and outline their final speeches.
After finishing their books, they will engage in a final discussion with their group's about the books' fundamental themes and present their social justice speech.
Students will all work on materials tailored to their specific novels, but teachers can keep their grade books the same for each student!
The assignments for each novel are carefully aligned and created so that each is unique to the book, but teachers can keep their grade books aligned. For example, there are 5 quizzes, 5 sets of reading questions, 5 writing prompts within the reading journals, etc.
Every resource included is printable and digital! Teach this lit circle unit with in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning!
- Material for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:
- Material for Dear Martin by Nic Stone:
- Material for All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely:
- Materials for creating a social justice speech:
- Social Justice Graphic Organizer
- "13th" Documentary Film Worksheet
- BUNDLE-ONLY BONUS:
- Lit Circle Suggested Pacing Guide
- Links to supplemental videos
- EDITABLE (Microsoft Word) letter to parents
Please look at each resource individually before purchasing! Each resource page will include a full preview. You'll also be able to read reviews. Be sure that this product is right for you and your students before purchasing.
All of the writing prompts in each novel's reading journal and workbook are based on a "Claim, Evidence, Reasoning" format. If you'd like to teach C-E-R skills along with this unit, I recommend my Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Bundle.
- Poem of the Week: "If We Must Die" by Claude McKay
- Poem of the Week: "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Internment by Samira Ahmed Unit Bundle
- Social Justice Leaflet Project
***Resources are a variety of file types including ZIP folder and Google Drive documents. Look at each resource individually for more information on file types, the ability to be edited, and how it can be used virtually. After purchase, it is best to download each resource from its individual product page.