Ain’t Burned All the Bright


An in depth social justice exploration inspired by the graphic novel Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin.

Ain’t Burned All the Bright is a book of poetry and art. It focuses on an unnamed Black narrator, a child in a family of five. The protagonist makes observations about each member of his family, each going through a world turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and civil unrest. The narrator notes the effect of the 24 hour news cycle broadcasting the aforementioned global issues, and of a family member suffering from illness after being infected with COVID-19 – an isolating event, as they struggle to relate to and reach their family members. Powerful artwork accompanies each page, with either few, or no words on the page.

Themes Explored Include:

  • Racial Injustice
  • Climate Change
  • The Pandemic
  • Overcoming Apathy

In a moment where many of us feel overwhelmed, this unit focuses on a thoughtful, deep and meaningful ‘unpacking’ of the social justice issues at play, and the positive actions we can take to participate in our society in ways that contribute in good ways. You will love this unit.

Cost: $20 – Digital Download with accompanying instructional video links 

(The purchaser is licensed to use this content within their own teaching practice only – copies must not be distributed.) 

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