The Hate U Give lesson plans are perfect additions for project based learning books about racism for kids, racism lesson resources, critical consciousness studies and diversity discussions. Here are 59 The Hate U Give project ideas and activities with the novel and the movie using watch, read, write, and think.
Often, the most important learning takes place when we are pushed out of our comfort zones and tackle the tough topics … like in teaching The Hate U Give.
Sometimes learning isn’t about fun crafts and awesome theme lessons and resources and light, funny reads.
Sometimes you have to go deeper into developing critical consciousness and a better understanding of bigger issues with our learning.
One way to do this and cover racism for kids is with project based learning like with The Hate U Give lesson plan.
We have the movie guide and The Hate U Give teaching guide, lessons learned, The Hate U Give worksheets, teaching guides for Race and Racism, Injustice, Activism, Living multiple identities, Code-Switching, Gang culture, Community and Family differences, The Hate U Give life lessons and the question, “What does The Hate U Give teach you?”
What is The Hate U Give?
It covers race relations from the viewpoint of a young African American girl living in two different worlds who is thrust into a tragedy and forced to take a stand.
In 2018, it was made into a movie.
The Hate U Give Book Summary
The Hate U Give book, that the movie is based on, is about an African-American girl named Starr Carter who feels like she exists in two different worlds as two different people–in her black neighborhood and also in her rich (predominantly white) private school.
One night, Starr and her friend Khalil (also African American) leave a party and are pulled over by a white police officer.
The officer ends up shooting Khalil and Starr is the only witness to it.
Starr and her family and friends then navigate the different experiences created by this tragedy.
There is also The Hate U Give audiobook, if you prefer that option, which is great for a The Hate You Give lesson plan.
(FYI: If you start a free Audible trial, you can get two free audio books right now!)
The Hate U Give Book Review
Here’s what the School Library Journal had to say about the book:
After Starr and her childhood friend Khalil, both black, leave a party together, they are pulled over by a white police officer, who kills Khalil.
The sole witness to the homicide, Starr must testify before a grand jury that will decide whether to indict the cop, and she’s terrified, especially as emotions run high.
By turns frightened, discouraged, enraged, and impassioned, Starr is authentically adolescent in her reactions.
Inhabiting two vastly different spheres—her poor, predominantly black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where gangs are a fact of life, and her rich, mostly white private school—causes strain, and Thomas perceptively illustrates how the personal is political:
Starr is disturbed by the racism of her white friend Hailey, who writes Khalil off as a drug dealer, and Starr’s father is torn between his desire to support Garden Heights and his need to move his family to a safer environment.
The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and also Tupac Shakur.
Also, the book is a William C. Morris Award Winner, a National Book Award Longlist, a Printz Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and also a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Teaching The Hate You Give is a great addition to your studies!
Before Reading or Watching or Doing The Hate U Give Lesson Plans:
The Hate U Give covers mature content and the book is recommended for Grades 8 and up. If you’re looking for stories about racism for kids, this is a great book. But, it does cover a range of difficult subject matter.
You know your children best, so use your judgment for age and maturity level.
What is the conflict in The Hate U Give?
For The Hate U Give activities, it’s important to understand the conflicts (as there are multiple layers).
The conflict in Hate U Give lies within the main character, Starr, as she tries to become brave enough to speak up for her friend, Khalil. The other major conflict is between the characters experiencing racism and brutality, especially from the police force.
The Hate U Give Movie
(The Hate U Give full movie is now available to watch online, too!)
I really love when you can read a book, then watch the movie, and compare and contrast for an additional learning activities.
The Hate U Give Movie Trailer
Before you use the movie for The Hate U Give lesson plans, you can check out the trailer for the movie.
The Hate U Give Cast
The Hate U Give movie main cast of characters include:
- Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter
- Regina Hall as Lisa Carter (Starr’s mother)
- Russell Hornsby as Maverick “Big Mav” Carter (Starr’s father)
- KJ Apa as Chris (Starr’s boyfriend)
- Algee Smith as Khalil (Starr’s childhood best friend)
- Lamar Johnson as Seven Carter (Starr’s half-brother)
- TJ Wright as Sekani (Starr’s younger brother)
- Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey (Starr’s friend)
- Megan Lawless as Maya (Starr’s friend)
- Dominique Fishback as King (a gangster)
- (Rapper) Common as Carlos (Starr’s uncle and a police officer)
- Issa Rae as April Ofrah, an activist
The Hate U Give Lesson Plans, Activities, and Projects
To create The Hate You Give unit plan, you’ll cover topics and issues like:
- Race and Racism
- Living multiple identities
- Gang culture
- Police brutality
- The Black Panther Party
- Tupac Shakur
- Black Lives Matter Movement
- Importance of speaking up (or, consequences of not speaking up)
And SO MUCH MORE.
There are a lot of discussion topics and lesson plans for The Hate U Give, so much that you could actually stretch it into an entire year of learning about race relations.
You can create The Hate U Give curriculum using our resources we’ve listed here using The Hate U Give teaching resources.
(Feeling uncomfortable yet? Yeah, these are tough–but IMPORTANT–topics to discuss with your tweens and teens!)
Like I mentioned earlier, this isn’t going to be a warm and fuzzy theme lesson.
However, that shouldn’t make you shy away from these kinds of topics with your older kids.
It’s so important to open a dialogue on different issues, even if they make you (or the kids) uncomfortable!
Here are some ways that you can incorporate The Hate You Give lesson plans for the book and/or the movie into your learning…
These make great racism resources for teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and more!
59 Ways to Incorporate The Hate U Give Lesson Plans for the Book and Movie Into Learning for Class
The Hate U Give Book and Movie Companion Lessons, Worksheets, and Activities for The Hate You Give
Read the book and watch the movie
Black Lives Matter Lessons
Watch the video, Black Lives Matter, explained [VIDEO]
Watch a TEDx video, The Cost of Code-Switching [VIDEO]
Multiculturalism, Diversity, Racism, and Race Relations
Do the activity, Circles of My Multicultural Self
Learn about The History of Other Hate Symbols
LESSONS: Family, Family Traditions, and Ancestry
LESSONS: Activism for Kids
Complete a lesson plan on Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies
Get a Youth’s Activist Toolkit
Complete a lesson plan on The Rise of Community Activism
Tupac Shukar and THUGLIFE
The author was inspired by Tupac Shukar and THUGLIFE, so incorporating some information on the musician and his philosophies into these lesson plans is imperative.
However, be aware that there may be some language with the readings, music, and videos (which, personally, I think is another door to open for discussion, no matter how you feel about it).
Watch Tupac explain THUGLIFE (WARNING: Language) [VIDEO]
Read The Rose That Grew From Concrete (affiliate link)
Clearly there are many, many more examples of ways you can incorporate the lessons and topics from book and movie into your learning.
However, these are a good starting place that will allow you to pick and choose some of the things you want to cover more deeply.