Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling

President Barack Obama's remarks, made after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, are used to launch a discussion of the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to the discussion, complete a chart of what class members know about the incident, what they want to know and questions they have, and how they will find the answers to these questions
Classroom Considerations

  • The discussion requires a safe and respectful classroom environment for the discussion of emotionally charged issues

  • The five-page packet includes the full text of President Obama's July 19, 2013 speech as well as discussion questions

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