Preview Teacher Resources (15 minutes)
You’ll notice that, in this article, the word Black (describing a group of people) is capitalized and the word white is not. Click here for an explanation of Scholastic’s stance on capitalization. You’ll also find our “Teaching Strategies” handout, which will help you prepare to answer students’ questions and facilitate meaningful class discussions.
Build Background Knowledge (10 minutes)
Preview Text Features (5 minutes)
Have students open their magazines to page 4. Preview the text features by asking these questions:
- Read the title and the subtitle. What do you think you’ll learn from the article? You’ll learn why and how people protested and how some teens led the way.
- Read the image caption at the top of page 6. What crime was George Floyd accused of? Why do you think the author included this information? Floyd was accused of using a fake $20 bill. The author probably included this fact because it’s a relatively small crime; the information highlights how unnecessary Floyd’s death was.
Preview Vocabulary (10 minutes)
- Direct students to the vocabulary box on page 4 and go over the words (protest, racism, outraged, movement, access) and their definitions together. Point out that protest can be both a noun and a verb.
- Play the Vocabulary Slideshow.
Make a Plan for Reading (5 minutes)
Before students start to read, walk them through a reading plan:
- Set a purpose for reading: Tell students that the article will teach them about the history and purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Point out the Pause and Think boxes starting on page 5. Tell students the questions will help them check their understanding as they read.
- Point out the activity on page 7 and tell students they’ll complete it after reading the article. Guide them to briefly scan the questions in the activity and to keep them in mind as they read.