Lesson Plan

Picturing Racism

Students will explore racism using photographs and videos,
Anna H.
Special education instructor
Cabell County Career Technology Center (Huntington, WV)
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...research and dissemenate information; explore issues of racism, stereotypes, and bias; create written responses to though-provoking prompts; and create a video to extends and shares information learned. As students are watching the video, they are asked to be thinking about the term racism and what kind of personal connection they make to speaker's experiences.   

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 8
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1 Hook

Students will view the video, "We Need to Talk About an Injustice--Bryan Stevenson" on TED Ed, which captures interest, connects with prior knowledge and stimulates curiosity.  

2 Direct Instruction

From the Website, Teaching Tolerance, the lesson, "Using Photographs to Teach social Justice: Exposing Racism" students will analyze interesting photographs and engage in small group and whole group instructions.  


3 Guided Practice

Students will respond to prompts gives and share. Students will then choose a collection of photos and videos to create their own video exposing racism.   

4 Independent Practice

In small groups, students will share and use research to create video exposing racism in the United States.  

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Other

Presentation of videos