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  • Grades 11-12,
  • Grades 6-8,
  • Grades 9-10

We Are The Radical Monarchs Lesson Plan: Youth Leadership in Action


(60 MIN. approximately)

Working definition of Intersectional Feminism (25 min.)

  1. Before class starts, write the definition of intersectionality and the definition for intersectional feminism on the board or chart paper and cover it up with a piece of paper so it is ready to go when you begin to do this activity:
    1. Intersectionality: The layers of oppression that affect people differently based on the specific combination of their identities
      1. Tell students that they will be watching a short video with examples of what Intersectionality means.
      2. Have students watch this Teaching Tolerance video on “Intersectionality” (3:30 min.)
    2. Intersectional Feminism: Understanding how women of color experience unfairness because of a combination of identities based on things like race, gender, class, citizenship status
  2. Pass out half sheets of lined paper and a pen or pencil to your students.
  3. Review these questions and tell students they will be re-watching a film clip so they can answer these questions:
    1. What intersecting identities are highlighted in this clip?
    2. What do the fight for Women’s RIghts and the Black Lives Matter movement have in common?
  4. Have students re-watch Clip 2 (“Intersectional Feminism”).
  5. Have students:
    1. Think: Have students think about their answers and write it down on a piece of paper.
    2. Pair: Have students share their answers with one other person.
    3. Popcorn Share: Ask 3 pairs to share out their answers to the question.
  6. Connect the dots:
    1. Ask students to think about the 2 social identity groups they are a part of based on race and gender. Ask 2-3 students to share their answer with the larger group.
    2. Highlight that the Radical Monarchs are at the women’s march and saying a Black Lives Matter chant because these issues are connected. For example, Black women are not just women — they are also Black and, therefore, they should not have to pick one identity to fight for. The Radical Monarchs believe that all fights for equal rights should be fought for simultaneously.

Create a Radical Badge based on an issue important to your communities (30 min.)

  1. Have students count off so you have mixed groups of 4.
  2. Have students watch Clip 1 (“Why Girls of Color?”) & Clip 3 (“Monarchs Take On State Capitol”).
  3. After watching the clips, ask students:
    1. What issues are the Radical Monarchs committed to (i.e., Immigration, Police Brutality, Gentrification)?
    2. Do you have any evidence (from the film) to support that the Radical Monarchs are fighting for issues that are important to their communities (i.e., attending marches, talking to legislators, earning badges)?
    3. In what ways will the issues these young women are fighting for impact their lives? In what ways will transforming these issues impact the lives of others?
  4. Have each group answer the question below:
    1. Go Around: Take some time to consider your community. What is an important issue affecting your community (i.e., Gentrification, Litter, Pollution, Food Scarcity)?
    2. In what ways does this impact your community, and who specifically in your community is impacted the most?
  5. Give students the Radical Badge Snapshot Template (see page 10).
    1. Print Page 12 and pass out Snapshot to students.
    2. Each Radical Badge must have all of the elements noted in the template:
      1. Three to Four Goals
      2. One Grounding Session
      3. Three Experiential Activities
      4. One Badge Awards Ceremony
  6. Create a badge/unit based on one issue your group chooses. The issue should be based on something the group cares about or is a pressing issue in their own community.
  7. Ask students:
    1. What activities and learning experiences will be a part of earning this badge (i.e., workshops, guest speakers, field trips)?
    2. How will you create an element of action/empowerment (i.e., rally, project, event)?
  8. Design the Radical Badge and badge name based on the issue being addressed (i.e., Food Justice, Radical Reproductive Justice). Capture this all on a blank piece of poster paper.
  9. Ask students: Who will come and celebrate/witness the achievement (i.e., Families, Friends, Elders)?
  10. Have small groups share out their badge design and outline for a new Radical Badge.

About the authors

Marilyn Hollinquest

Marilyn Hollinquest, Co-Founder of the Radical Monarchs, is a social justice advocate who specializes in young women of colors empowerment. She has 15 plus years of experience as a teacher, community advocate and scholar. Marilyn received her M.A in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and B.A in Community Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Marilyn is passionate about the marriage of theory and practice (praxis) which is at the core of her commitment to the authentic inclusion of disenfranchised peoples. She currently builds radical community in her chosen home of Oakland, CA and is a proud Tulare, CA native.

Anayvette Martinez

Anayvette Martinez Co-Founder of the Radical Monarchs is a San Francisco native and child of Central American immigrants. Anayvette's varied interests in advocacy, community organizing and empowerment led her to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of California Los Angeles and later her Master's degree at San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies. Over the past fifteen years she has developed and managed education, social justice, and gendered support programs focused on empowerment and safety for youth, families and their adult allies. Anayvette currently lives and loves in East Oakland with her two children.