Lesson Plan

Brown v. Board of Education

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You walk each day over 20 blocks to school as a 9-year old because the color of your skin does not allow you to attend a school in your own neighborhood. Scholars use the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education to investigate the impact of segregation on public education. A short video clip along with paired group work helps class members share ideas and opinions on the significance of desegregating schools across America in the 1950s. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare and contrast the Supreme Court cases Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education 
  • Extend the lesson with an additional reading on the Brown v. Board of Education case
Classroom Considerations
  • Keep in mind the sensitive issue of public segregation with today's racial conflicts 
  • Resource includes a short video clip for audio and visual learners
  • Detailed lesson plans help teachers utilize instruction with other Supreme Court cases (Plessy v. Ferguson)
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