Teaching Guides

Teaching for Black Lives

Teaching Guide. Edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au. 2018. 368 pages.
Essays, teaching activities, role plays, poems, and artwork, designed to illuminate, the movement for Black student lives, the school-to-prison-pipeline, Black history, gentrification, intersectional Black identities, and more.

Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity

Teaching for Black Lives (Book) Zinn Education ProjectTeaching for Black Lives grows directly out of the movement for Black lives.

This teaching guide is a compilation of essays, teaching activities, role plays, poems, and artwork, designed to illuminate, the movement for Black student lives, the school-to-prison-pipeline, Black history, gentrification, intersectional Black identities, and more.

Section Titles

Section 1: Making Black Lives Matter in Our Schools

Section 2: Enslavement, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation

Section 3: Gentrification, Displacement, and Anti-Blackness

Section 4: Discipline, the Schools-to-Prison Pipeline, and Mass Incarceration

Section 5: Teaching Blackness, Loving Blackness, and Exploring Identity

The book is designed to show how educators “can and should make their classrooms and schools sites of resistance to white supremacy and anti-Blackness, as well as sites for knowing the hope and beauty in Blackness.”

Learn more at the Teaching for Black Lives website.

ISBN: 9780942961041 | Published by Rethinking Schools

Teacher Quotes

The Teaching for Black Lives book is part of my Civil Rights unit. Using Zinn Education Project and Rethinking Schools activities, students were excited to see themselves in the history. Then, they could make critical connections between the past and the present.

—Whitney Blankenship
Social Studies Teacher, Providence, Rhode Island