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September 11, 2020

What Chadwick Boseman’s death means for young fans

The boy in Courtney Lovett’s comic is mourning the loss of his hero Black Panther, a role made famous by the late Chadwick Boseman. Illustration courtesy of Courtney Lovett


Directions: Read the article here and answer the discussion questions. 


  1. Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:
    • Who is the story about?
    • What is important about Chadwick Boseman’s passing?
    • When and where is this happening?
    • Why has Boseman’s death touched so many?
    • How are people responding to his legacy?

Then have students share with the class or through a Learning Management System (LMS).

2. Focus question: Though based on fantasy, how might Black Panther and Wakanda be inspirational for children?

3. Media literacy: How is the comic strip format effective at portraying the emotional life of its subjects?

Dig deeper: Read this Educator Voice post “Chadwick Boseman was a symbol of Black excellence and pride” by podcast host and youth leader Mekka Don and the memorial by two high school reporters here (or linked below). Take a look at this article, too: “Why ‘Black Panther’ and other comic books belong in the classroom,” by teacher David Cutler.

Ask your students, can pop culture figures inspire us to lead better lives?

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