Black Lives Matter & Social Justice Lit Circle Unit Bundle

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9th - 12th
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    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!

    This Black Lives Matter & Social Justice Lit Circle Unit Bundle Includes:

    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.

    Looking for more social justice supplemental material? Check out:

    ***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.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
    Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
    Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
    Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
    Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


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