Lesson Plan

Self-Defense and Racial Profiling

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GRADE LEVEL: High School

COMMON CORE STANDARDS: Reading, Speaking and Listening, Language Arts

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to discuss the homicide of Renisha McBride, who was shot to death while seeking help after being in a car accident. Similar to Trayvon Martin, both victims were black and in both cases, the shooter was white. Also similar was the perpetrator’s claim of self-defense. Students will learn more about these cases and analyze the role of self-defense and racial profiling.