Our book club is centered around Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which chronicles his experiences working against inequalities in the justice system. Through the book club, students will explore themes of poverty, power and justice, trauma and resilience, and compassion. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in topics that are relevant to them (mass incarceration, sentencing, social justice) and participate in meaningful discussion and reflection to broaden their understanding and perspective.
The semi-structured curriculum below is ready to be customized by teachers. We have broken the book down by chapter and built lessons around two chapters at a time, in addition to a launch day and separate days for both the book introduction and epilogue. Teachers can choose to space out the lessons and discussions however best meets their students' needs.
Please note: Slides are in google format, but can be downloaded in .ppt.
Our teacher guide offers suggestions for facilitating and making your book club successful, outlines the lessons contained in the slideshow, and contains links to all resources. Includes links to three extension activities (TED talk, podcast, and final writing prompt).
A guided analysis and reflection journal by chapter for students to complete as they read the book.
Certificates of completion that can have student names added and then distributed as recognition for completing the book club. For an editable Canva version, click here.
Submit student drawings on one of the theme options and your students' artwork could be chosen to appear on our website and social media! Or submit student essays and they may be selected to get shared with Bryan Stevenson!