Lesson Plan

The Color of Law: Creating Racially Segregated Communities

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It is pointed, powerful, and painful! The first of three lessons about laws and practices that support inequality looks at how government policies created and reinforced segregated communities. Young social scientists read excerpts from "The Color of Law" text, examine housing maps from various cities, and reflect on the laws perpetuating[ segregated communities.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to review the entire lesson and prepare the many materials required
  • Provide groups with different colored sticky notes to use when posting their comments on the book excerpts
  • Use the lesson during February's Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • First of three lessons in the series by Learning for Justice
  • Presumes a protocol is in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion
  • Requires a projection device for the video and copies of the handouts
  • Links are provided that detail the various learning strategies used in the lesson
  • None