Launching the Text: Building Background Knowledge of the Jim Crow South

Pictures and photographs help build background knowledge about a topic. Scholars participate in a gallery walk to learn more about the Jim Crow era of US history and the desegregation of schools following Brown v. Board of Education. Next, pupils begin reading Carlotta Walls LaNier's memoir, A Mighty Long Way, about the author's experience with racial segregation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a timeline of the Civil Rights Era to support visual learners
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson one of 13 from the Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1 series
  • Topic may be sensitive for some students
  • Post gallery walk items in advance of the lesson
  • Includes an optional set of supported structured notes for struggling readers
  • Provides tips for differentiating instruction
  • None
Common Core