A Museum Trip from Home: A Literacy Lesson on Activism and the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary
Make Your Own Brochure
An At-Home Literacy Lesson Plan Crafted by BGCHarlem Literacy Specialist Kristin Richardson Jordan
Photo: Berkeley College
Even if we can’t venture outside the way we’re used to, we can still take digital trips throughout time and space!
The following literacy activity allows students to explore the Black Power Exhibit at the Oakland Museum, which was set up in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party and to reflect on questions around history and activism.
Start by encouraging your child to explore the exhibit online and do the fill-in-the-blank fact sheet (link and fact sheet below). Then have a discussion about what they saw, learned, and liked about the museum.
Lastly, instruct your student to make a brochure featuring their favorite displays. They can use the steps and example brochure below for guidance. For extra fun, encourage them to post pictures of their work in the comments!
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Materials: A blank sheet of paper, pen or pencil, internet access/YouTube
Addresses Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.10 Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (You may click here to print the lesson or the student may view the lesson online and write his/her answers on a separate piece of paper)
Step 1: Explore this link to the Black Power Exhibit from the Oakland Museum
50th Black Panther Anniversary Black Power Exhibit at The Oakland Museum: https://gesso.fm/omca/collections/Exhibition/black-power
Fill-in-the-Blank Fact Sheet
Part of the exhibit highlights the power of voting with an image of someone holding a newspaper that says “_______ power.”
The exhibit features an iconic photograph of co-founder Huey P. Newton in a ___________
The Black Panthers had a ______ point platform.
One of the buttons featured at the end of the exhibit is large and orange with a picture of a _________ [name the animal] on it.
[Get a printable version of this sheet]
[Answer key 1. ballot power 2. a chair 3. ten 4. Black Panther]
Follow Up Discussion Questions:
What’s one new thing you learned while exploring this museum exhibit?
Which picture was your favorite picture? Why?
What questions do you have after viewing the exhibit?
What do you wish they had talked more about?
What is “activism”?
How were the Black Panthers activists?
Step 2: Fold Your Paper and Make the Front Page of Your Brochure
To make a brochure, you want to fold your blank sheet of paper into three sections. Look at the second example, the “Classic Tri-Fold,” demonstrated in the video below.
Next, design your brochure cover. It should have a drawing of your favorite part of the exhibit and be titled “[Your Name] ’s Trip to the Black Power Exhibit.”
Step 3: Tell Us About What You Learned
On the first inside flap (right when you open the brochure), write what you learned based on your favorite part of the exhibit. It should go with the picture on the front of your brochure.
For example, I wrote: The Black Panther Party encouraged everyone to vote. This is important because one of the ways we can make a change is by voting.
On the three inside flaps, draw a picture and write a sentence about three other parts of the exhibit.
Step 4: Finish Your Brochure
On the back of your brochure, write “This brochure was made by” and put your name. You can also choose to put a picture here.
Remember our citizens of the world literacy lesson plan from two weeks ago? Here’s how one girl made her travel brochure on India. Check out the video below.
Feel free to make more brochures, perhaps on the country you researched two weeks ago.
Also, feel free to add borders to your brochure.
Follow BGCHarlem social media channels for daily updates. Students, we would love to see your work! Be sure to upload a picture of yourself with your completed lessons using the hashtag #BGCHarlem.
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