Black Panther Party Lesson Plan

by Teresa Frizell

Targeted Age: 11th grade
Targeted Length: Two 90-Minute class periods

Objective: Students will use primary source documents and oral histories to explain why the Black Panther Party described black communities as “colonies” within the United States and how they attempted to empower those communities in response. The purpose of this lesson is to complicate students’ understanding of Seattle’s Black Panther Party (BPP) through exploring the duality of the organization. This unit includes a powerpoint presentation of images and oral history excerpts.

Teacher Material

Background information:

Student Material

Worksheets in downloadable Word format

Articles:

Here is a list of the oral histories that appear in the lesson plan. See the lesson planfor discussion questions and exercises.

Day 1 Oral Histories

The interview excerpts listed below are included in "Black Panthers Tell Their Stories" a powerpoint slide show with video oral history segments.

Oral History Set 1: Mike Tagawa and Gary Owens

Oral History Set 2: Elmer Dixon

See teachers’ lesson plan for Anticipation Guide One.

Day 2 Oral Histories

The interview excerpts listed below are included in "Black Panthers Tell Their Stories" a powerpoint slide show with video oral history segments.

Oral History Set 3: Aaron Dixon

See teacher’s lesson plan for discussion questions to address BETWEEN each video segment.

See teacher’s lesson plan for discussion questions to address BETWEEN each video segment.

Oral History Set 4: Ron Johnson

See teacher’s lesson plan for Anticipation Guide Two and Questions to Ponder. The Questions should be addressed BETWEEN each oral history set.

Oral History Set 5: Bobby White, Mike Tagawa

See teacher’s lesson plan for instructions on the T-chart.

Oral History Set 6: Elmer Dixon, Wes Uhlman

See teacher’s lesson plan for discussion question.


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