Screencastify, like many others around the world, is celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in June, which recognizes the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969. Pride is a time for education, active celebration and sharing stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
Whether students are watching videos made by their classmates, by you, or directing their own, you can use Screencastify to celebrate the occasion.
Take a look 👀 below for great ways to celebrate 🏳️🌈 Pride History this month — and to recognize and include our LGBTQIA+ community every month.
✨ Have students celebrate what they're proud of!
Pride month is a time for everyone to reflect and to embrace what makes you who you are. In that same way, Pride is also a perfect time to celebrate everyone’s distinctiveness together!
To begin, have each student first introduce themselves using Screencastify Submit with their names and pronouns. After students share their pronouns, they will record themselves describing one thing about them that they want to celebrate and highlight.
Need a few possibilities to suggest to your students? ⬇️
A student might be a writer, a photographer, able to do a backbend, tap dance, they might be kind or compassionate, be a great ice skater, able to run a mile under 5 minutes, be a good baker, able to draw, or maybe be able to recite every line from their favorite movie from memory.
Another helpful guide for using pronouns in the classroom can be found here.
😎 Who is an icon you admire?
Ask students to create a presentation about an iconic LGBTQIA+ person they admire, and have them explain why. They can focus on a famous singer, an activist, an actor, a prolific writer, or a historic or present day influential person.
Students can choose to record a video presentation, using Submit, showcasing their icon in a creative way by also demonstrating what they appreciate about them.
Highlighting their work could look like playing some of their icon’s music, showcasing some of their artwork, highlighting a pivotal moment in their life or reading some of their work.
Giving students an opportunity to showcase one of their icons will enable them to express themselves in ways they may not have the outlet for and will educate others on some amazing icons work they may not have known before!
You can even start by exposing your students to these shining legends and films:
🏳️🌈 Let’s get to know the different Pride Flags
Have your students create their own gallery full of Pride flags using Google Sites. Ask students to do research and create a virtual gallery of the flags they find. Students can choose to showcase their flags by recording narration explaining when the flag was created, it’s meaning, and analysis of each flag they find.
In getting started, here are a few helpful research links:
🏳️🌈🚩🏳️Make your own pride flag
Have your students create a flag that they would want to bring to a future Pride parade in their city! They can choose to recreate one of the actual pride flags that exist or create their own new flag that represents their individualistic pride.
They can choose to represent a hobby, illustrate their favorite LGBTQIA+ icon, or highlight an actual Pride flag that means something to them. The way they construct the flag is up to them.
A few examples would be: building a large construction paper flag and constructing it behind them as a colorful backdrop, drawing a flag on poster board, painting an object as a flag, sewing a small flag, or even drawing on a plain T-shirt (just for a few ideas!).
After they have made their flag, they will want to record themselves explaining why they chose to make the flag they did and what it means to them. 🏳️🌈
Once everyone has submitted, you can have your students view work from their classmates with a virtual video tour.
📓Practice interviewing skills by learning about LGBTQIA+ elders!
Teach your students the experience of getting to know their fellow LGBTQIA+ community members by having them first listen to and analyze a few pieces from StoryCorp OutLoud Series interviews. Then students can record their own interview with an elderly member in their family or community!
If they don’t have anyone to interview, have them record their reaction to a story they listened to and why this story impacted them.
To listen to prerecorded StoryCorp OutLoud interviews:
Getting ready to ask questions to elders:
🗞📰 Teach students about the importance of Stonewall Inn 1969
For the younger students (or students of any age 🤓 really ) you can use Screencastify Record to capture yourself reading and displaying the picture book “What Was Stonewall” by Nico Medina.
This picture book will help aid in younger students understanding the role that Stonewall Inn had in the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement. Another book you can share is, “Who Was Harvey Milk” by Corinne A. Grinapol.
📚LGBTQIA+ YA Book Report
Have your students pick out a YA book by an LGBTQIA+ author. Once the student finishes their book, have them record themselves reading their favorite passage from the book and what surprised them most about their book choice.
To elevate their presentations to the next level, invite them to use the editor to help call out a specific line from the book using the new Screencastify Edit text tool.
Here are some more queer books to check out:
🖼 Curate a gallery of an inclusive visual artist 🎨
Ask your students to choose an artist that incorporates inclusive queer themes. This can be a painter, comic, and create a virtual gallery of their work. Students can begin highlighting their art critiquing skills by recording narration explaining what drew themselves to their chosen artist’s body of work, the analysis of the design and composition trends, and what they feel the meaning behind the work is.
❤️🧡💚💙💜🖤🤍 Have students lead a presentation on Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera!
Students can use Submit to explain the monumental impact that Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera had in the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. To create the digital library of students' responses, insert them all into a Google Slides presentation.
You’ll have a digital library full of student voices to view and learn from each other in no time. A great place to start is the Marsha P. Johnson Institute or by honoring both activists!
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