Lesson Plan

60 Years Later: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

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Although the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education declared segregated schools unconstitutional, huge inequalities still exist in U.S. public schools. Learners analyze and discuss data presented in two infographics. They then read and discuss several articles presenting arguments for these disparities.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Be sure to include a discussion of the linked articles that offer insight into the data presented in the infographics
  • Conduct the lesson during Black History Month in February
Classroom Considerations
  • While designed for grades 6 through 12, the lesson is most appropriate for more mature learners
  • Presumes class members can engage in safe, respectful discussions of controversial issues
  • Requires a projection device for the infographics and copies of several documents
  • Links to additional informational articles about the disparities in public schools and the "School-to-Prison Pipeline" are provided
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