Dred Scott v. Sandford

Who decides someone is not a real person? Scholars investigate the Dred Scott v. Sandford court case which deals directly with slavery and citizenship. After viewing a short video clip, classmates work in pairs to assess and discuss the impact the Supreme Court decision had on the nation in 1857. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign additional reading from History.com website on Dred Scott case
  • Place an image of Dred Scott in the front of the room for the duration of the lesson 
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson takes one hour to implement
Pros

  • Gives detailed lesson plans for teacher use
  • Video clip is good for audio and visual learners
Cons

  • None
Common Core