by President Barack Obama 2013

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling" by President Barack Obama.

On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American boy from Florida, was fatally shot by a George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and was found "not guilty" by a jury in July of 2013. These are the remarks of President Barack Obama after the trial.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Prejudice & Discrimination as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"What are the effects of prejudice?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this speech at home:
    • What was "President Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling" about?
    • What did you learn about Prejudice & Discrimination?
  • Watch Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling at home with your child.