14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause

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Two Supreme Court cases, Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education take center stage in a instructional activity about the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Class members research both cases to compare and contrast the rulings.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the bell ringer "Brown v Board of Education" (a link to the activity is included) to launch the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Much of the commentary is esoteric and requires considerable scaffolding for young learners to comprehend
  • Although designed for middle schoolers, the lesson is most appropriate for high school civics classes
Pros

  • Includes a drag and drop vocabulary activity
Cons

  • Several clips cut the speakers off mid-sentence
  • Provides little scaffolding for the video clips