Studying Conflicting Interpretations: Perspectives on Plessy v. Ferguson: Part 3

Scholars closely read Justice John Marshall Harlan's dissenting opinion in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, seeking to understand why he disagreed with the court's decision that racial segregation laws for public spaces were constitutional. Next, pupils answer text-dependent questions and discuss their responses with a partner. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Give examples of all the multiple meanings of the word justice, especially for English learners
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as lesson seven from the 13-part Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1 series
  • Topic may be sensitive for some students
  • Offers strategies for meeting diverse learners' needs
  • Provides teaching notes to guide the lesson
  • None
Common Core