Updated On: June 5, 2020

Black Panther

Art & Design

Illustration

Children & Teenagers
Follow Instructions: Choose from a variety of Black Panther illustration tutorials and improve your drawing skills.

Family Connections

Children & Teenagers
Discuss: T’Challa’s life is defined by honoring his position in his family line and service to his people. His family means everything to him and as a result his life is filled with meaning. What do you know about your heritage? What can you do to honor it?

Language & Thinking

Reading Literature

Children & Teenagers
Read: Read Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide. Synopsis: “Explore the powers, weapons, technology, and suits of the warrior, monarch, scientist, and Super Hero Black Panther, king of Wakanda—from his debut in 1966 to the present…”

Speaking & Listening

Children & Teenagers
Discuss: When T’Challa’s father died from an unexpected tragedy, he was faced with the challenge of inheriting the throne much sooner than he felt prepared. In the course of his journey becoming a king, he needed to learn how to both be a superhero as well as be a human. Everyone gets the gist of what a super hero is, but what does it mean to be good person? What conclusions did T’Challa come to?

Science

Geology

Children & Teenagers
Read & Watch: From Wakanda’s usage of vibranium and Erik Killmonger belief that Africa needs to take revenge on the world for the exploitation of their natural resources, a major theme of Black Panther is Africa’s rich source of natural resources. Read National Geographic’s overview of what resources are found in Africa. One example with a long history is gold mining in South Africa, which is the topic of many videos. More gold has come out of South Africa than anywhere else in the world.

Social Sciences

Civics & Government Studies

Children & Teenagers
Research: The Black Panther’s father, T’Chaka, was an active participant in international diplomacy within the United Nations. What do you know about the United Nations and its role in the world? What has it done for people? What is it doing now? You can start your journey to find out at UN.org.

History

Children & Teenagers
Watch: Erik Killmonger said “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from ships because they knew death was better than bondage.” To understand his point better, learn about (or refresh your understanding of) the Middle Passage in this short History video.

Values

Virtues

Children & Teenagers
Create a teachable moment. Integrity: Despite needing to save himself, his kingdom, and their traditions from blood-thirsty Erik Killmonger, T’Challa is wise and knows that even evil people have their points. Rather than dismiss them all – as it would have been easy to – T’Challa considers how Erik Killmonger might be right. In the end he chooses to change Wakanda’s policy of international seclusion. To make restitution with his father’s mistake of leaving young Erik fatherless in Oakland, he establishes Wakanda’s first international outreach center there.

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