With the movie Black Panther Two just around the corner, I figure it is a great time for this Black Panther Unit Study Lesson Plan! In Disney’s Black Panther, we learn about a young man named T’Challa who inherits the fictitious country of Wakanda after the death of his father. Young and still learning the ropes of a being a leader, he must face Killmonger, a rival who would like to overthrow him and reclaim his own power after being exiled.
Black Panther Unit Study Lesson Plan
The Black Panther movie carries many themes that will resonate with children of all ages, but one of the greatest values of this film is that is shows children black superheroes, something we have not seen much of in television and film. And while Wakanda is a fictional place described through beautiful storytelling, it still is an amazing example of a utopia that heroes can create. Knowing this, why not use some inspiration from Black Panther to talk about African American heroes in our own country?
African American Superheroes Book Lesson Plan
For this activity you will need:
– movie knowledge via theater or DVD viewing
– construction paper
– internet access
1. The characters of Wakanda each had their own skills, values, and characteristics they brought to not only the table, but their country in order to serve it well. Think about African Americans who have done the same for our own country. How many can you name without help? Write your answers down and discuss.
2. Chances are no matter how many you named, there are thousands more who have made a difference to our country through their efforts of creativity, love, and innovation. Head to the internet and see how many more names you can find.
3. Find 3-4 additional names and note their accomplishments. Be prepared to share them with each other.
4. On your construction paper, dedicate one page per person. Write the person’s name at the top of the page along with 3-5 of the accomplishments that make them noteable. If you wish you can draw or print out a picture to go with each person.
5. Take your collection of heroes and staple the pages together. You have now created your own book of African American Superheroes, known for their strengths and never ending efforts to make our country a better place!
6. To take this activity a step further, why not create a comic book based on one of the people you chose?
Enjoy the movie Black Panther with your child or class, then give this African American Superheroes Book activity a try!