Lesson Plan

Resistance to School Desegregation: The Boston Busing Crisis

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Despite how it sounds, Boston's busing crisis wasn't a transportation problem. Academics address the problems faced by African Americans following school desegregation and the struggle to receive equal educational opportunities. Scholars read articles, complete worksheets, and participate in group discussion to learn how Boston school officials did not make efforts to integrate schools following the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare and contrast the Boston busing crisis to modern day civil rights issues 
  • Arrange for a local activist to address ways pupils can enact change in their local communities 
Classroom Considerations
  • Part two of the three-section series called Becoming US - Education 
  • One of the resources contains a racial slur
  • Lesson is broken into two one-hour sessions to make it easier to complete 
  • The resource includes an exit ticket to help learners share their understanding of the material 
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Common Core