February 4-8, 2019

D.C. Area Black Lives Matter
at School Week of Action

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Resources for Educators

Below are links to suggested lessons, films, books, readings, and general teaching guides. Themes connecting to the 13 principles of the Movement for Black Lives or the demands for the week of action are listed in parentheses where appropriate.

We highly recommend the book Teaching for Black Lives published by Rethinking Schools.

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Readings for Educators


Early Childhood & Elementary

Lessons for Early Childhood & Elementary

Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagements

Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism, Ethnic Studies

  • What is Community? [K-2nd]
    Students will identify people and places that make their own neighborhoods special

  • Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together [PK-5th]
    Students will read, act out, hear a reading, or watch a performance of a play that addresses the important topic of diversity and will spark a discussion about the topic of prejudice

  • Lesson based on the book Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle [2nd-3rd]
    Students will learn about the oral traditions of two different cultures, and how two young children braved friendship and trust and learn about different forms of resistance by enslaved Africans including oral traditions through religion, alliances with other communities, and escaping enslavement to stay together

Wednesday: Queer Affirming, Trans Affirming, Collective Value

Thursday: Inter-generational, Black families and Black villages

Friday: Centering Black Women and Femmes

Featured Books for Early Childhood & Elementary

Featured Booklists for Early Childhood & Elementary

Videos for Early Childhood & Elementary

Readings for Early Childhood & Elementary

General Teaching Guides for Early Childhood & Elementary

Middle School and High School

Lessons for Middle and High School

People’s History Lessons from the Zinn Education Project

Middle School BLM Mini-Lessons

High School BLM Mini-Lessons

BLM 13 Guiding Principles: Introductory Lesson

Follow Up Activity for Youth

Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving engagement

Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism, Ethnic Studies

Wednesday: Queer Affirming, Trans Affirming, Collective Value

Thursday: Inter-generational, Black Families and Black villages

Friday: Centering Black Women and Femmes 

Featured Books for Middle and High School

Films for Middle and High School

  • PBS Black in Latin America
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers Latin America’s African roots in this four-part series.

  • Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
    Documentary on the life of Daisy Bates, best know for her role with the Little Rock Nine.

  • Ruby Bridges
    The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.

  • 13th
    Ava DuVernay’s in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
    Documentary about the life of peace, labor, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

  • Intersectionality 101
    Learn about intersectionality with this student-friendly video from Teaching Tolerance.

  • All God’s Children
    A political, social, and religious analysis of sexual orientation within the context of the traditional African American values of freedom, inclusion, and the Christian ethic.

  • Hidden Figures
    Based on the story of three African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn.

  • Eyes on the Prize
    A comprehensive fourteen-part documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Sylvia Woods: “You Have to Fight for Freedom”
    Dramatic reading of an interview with Sylvia Woods, a pioneer in the struggle of African-American and women trade unionists, who describes why she decided not to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at school in 1919 when she was 10 years old.

  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
    Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Readings for Middle and High School Educators

General Teaching Guides for Middle and High School



Coming Soon Black Lives Matter Thirteen Guiding Principles in Spanish

Books for Early Childhood and Elementary

Additional Resources