Black Panther Film Movie Companion for Middle School

This curriculum is designed for students who will view Black Panther, to encourage them to engage more critically and thoughtfully with the film.  These are the following topics/concepts that we will visit before viewing, while viewing and after viewing the film.

Discussion

  1. What is Colonialism & how did it affect Africa?
  2.  How do you think the changes brought on from European Colonial Rule affected what Africa is like today?
  3. Introduce the cultures represented in the film and include what part of Africa they are from. (pictures)
  4. Make predictions about what Africa would be like if it wasn’t colonized by Europeans or if the Atlantic Slave Trade never happened?
  5. Contributions of Africa (reading/discussion assignments)

 

V. African Cultural Representation in Black Panther

These can be posted throughout the room as a Gallery Walk

Black Panther Film

African Tribe/Culture

Mursi and Surma lip plates---Most frequently used by Mursi and Surma in Ethiopia (East Africa)

Zulu headdress---worn by married women. The Zulu are an ethnic group from southern Africa.

The Maasai People---from East Africa, they live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania

An Igbo mask, known as Mgbedike. The Igbo are from present day Nigeria.

Basotho Blanket---These blankets are from Lesotho and their designs are from the Sesotho people (southern Africa)

Ndebele neck rings--Ndebele people in Zimbabwe/South Africa wear these rings as a sign of wealth and status

The Himba people of north-western Namibia. The Himba people use red ochre to their skin and hair.

Agbada robes---a robe worn by people in both west Africa and in north Africa

Dogon People---central plateau of Mali

Tuareg scarfs--  North and West Africa

Turkana People----Kenya

The language spoken in Wakonda is Xhosa

A language spoken in South Africa

Actress Danai Gurira is from Zimbabwe

Actress Florence Kasumba is from Uganda

Actor Daniel Kaluuya is from Uganda

Actress Lupita Nyongo is from Kenya

Actor John Kani is from South Africa

Lupita fights for Boko Haram girls at the start of the film

Kilmonger’s tribal markings resemble scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma in Ethiopia.

T’Challa’s kente- kente is known as nwentom in Akan (the Akan are from Ghana)

The Great Rift Valley---formed in Kenya 20 million years ago

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T’Challa---A Character Analysis

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T’Challa: T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, and the superhero, the Black Panther. He was a prince of Wakanda, until the death of his father, T’Chaka. His powers come from eating the heart-shaped herb that gives Black Panther power from the panther god Bast.

Character Traits: What character traits did T’Challa show?

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Special Abilities: What special abilities does T’Challa have?

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Actions: What were some of his actions?  

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What do his actions reveal about his character?

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Do you agree with all of his actions? Would you do anything differently?

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II. Killmonger--A Character Analysis

Name: ________________________                                 Date: ________________________

Erik Killmonger: Killmonger is the “nemesis” of Black Panther. He is a native of Wakanda, but was born in the United States. His father felt as if the people of Wakanda needed to share their hidden resources with Black people struggling throughout the world. Because of this, his father was killed by the Wakandan king, his brother. As a result, Killmonger sought not only vengeance but to use Wakandan resources to also help Black people globally.

Character Traits: What character traits did Killmonger show?

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Special Abilities: What special abilities does he have?

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Actions: What were some of his actions?  

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What do his actions reveal about his character?

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Do you agree with all of his actions? Would you do anything differently?

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III. Shuri---A Character Analysis

Name: ________________________                                 Date: ________________________

Shuri: Shuri is the princess of Wakanda, sister of T’Challa, and is the leader of the Wakandan Design group. She’s innovative and a technological inventor, who is responsible for creating most of Wakanda’s modern technology. She designed the Black Panther’s suit, which gives him many of his abilities. She was responsible for tracking down Klaue, and she helped locate her brother to combat Killmonger.

Character Traits: What character traits did Shuri show?

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Special Abilities: What special abilities does she have?

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Actions: What were some of her actions?  

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What do her actions reveal about her character?

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Do you agree with all of his actions? Would you do anything differently? Do you think she gets enough credit?

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