Resources for teaching Just Mercy

Just Mercy resources

The purpose of this section is to:

  1. share resources that would be good “supplements” to an understanding of this year’s theme “Social Justice”, and
  2. give instructors the opportunity to post their lesson plans and materials they use in their class discussions.

With these collaborative efforts, we are forming a learning community!

Hostos Guides

Below is an activity that allows students to identify confrontational issues and then imagine solutions. This activity focuses on students creating a visual item to help them understand an issue presented in the text.

Storytelling Assignment Instructions

The following are more useful resources, which will continue to expand. We strongly encourage you to share your own resources and insights.

Quantitative Reasoning in Social Justice Topics Chart 

Study GuidesGeneral ResourcesFrom other Universities

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk | We need to talk about an injustice

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

Source: www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en


Stories of Just Mercy | Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available in hardcover and paperback from Random House, is a New York Times Bestseller. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.” Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available in hardcover and paperback from Random House, is a New York Times Bestseller. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”

Source: eji.org/just-mercy/stories


The New York Times | ‘Just Mercy,’ by Bryan Stevenson

Unfairness in the Justice system is a major theme of our age. DNA analysis exposes false convictions, it seems, on a weekly basis. The predominance of racial minorities in jails and prisons suggests systemic bias. Sentencing guidelines born of the war on drugs look increasingly draconian. Studies cast doubt on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Even the states that still kill people appear to have forgotten how; lately executions have been botched to horrific effect…

Source: nyti.ms/1yKPsYt


Book Review: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson – Page 2 of 3 – learnbyblogging.com

TweetA short Summary: Chapter 1 ~ 3: Sets up the story of Walter McMillian, whose interracial extra-marital affair with a young white woman got himself targeted as a suspect of a murder of white young woman in an laundry store. Also, his encountered with an old man in a wheel chair encouraged him to keep … Continue reading Book Review: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson →

Source: learnbyblogging.com/book-review-just-mercy-a-story-of-justice-and-redemption-by-bryan-stevenson/2/


Book Summary: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

This is a book summary of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Read this Just Mercy summary to review key ideas and lessons from the book.

The Book in Three Sentences: The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Simply punishing the broken only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done…

Source: jamesclear.com/book-summaries/just-mercy


Discussion Guide | Equal Justice Initiative

The publishers of Just Mercy prepared a teacher’s guide in conjunction with the national Common Core Standards. Each chapter contains summary points, discussion questions for the class and activities requiring various skills and interpretation of the text.

Source: eji.org/just-mercy/discussion-guide


Get Involved | Equal Justice Initiative

LEARN MORE. Explore Children in Adult Prisons, Excessive Punishment, the need for Sentencing Reform, and the urgent need to confront our History of Racial Injustice.

SUPPORT ADVOCACY AND REFORM EFFORTS. Support the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, one of the nation’s most effective legal and advocacy organizations…

Source: eji.org/get-involved

LibGuides: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Berry College 2016 Common Read): Additional Resources

Berry College 2016 Common Read

Source: libguides.berry.edu/justmercy/resources


A few words about Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson…(The Common Reading Program of Kingsborough Community College)

The Common Reading Program of Kingsborough Community College

Source:http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/kccreads/Pages/currentbook.aspx


Common Reading Program (NC State University): for Faculty and Staff

NC State University 2016 Common Reading Selection

Source: https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/commonreading/faculty/


VCU Common Book Program (Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book Program): Additional Resources

Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book Program

Source: https://commonbook.vcu.edu/resources/


Metropolitan Community College-Just Mercy: A guide to resouces on the themes in Bryan Stevenson’s book

Penn Valley-Just Mercy – LibGuides at Metropolitan Community College

Source: http://libguides.mcckc.edu/justmercy/articles


Valencia College- Just Mercy: Websites: A resource guide for the Osceola Campus Common Read Program

Valencia College – Just Mercy: Websites: A resource guide for the Osceola Campus Common Read Program

Source: http://libguides.valenciacollege.edu/c.php?g=507356&p=3540931

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