The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s

Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws influenced the world of education and the children yearning for a better future.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect to a social studies unit on the Reconstruction era, or use it to build up to a unit on the civil rights movement
  • Encourage learners to view the primary and secondary source documents before class to prepare for the day's instruction
Classroom Considerations
  • Search for the title of the document in case links don't work
  • The third part of a six-lesson series
  • The lesson is based on laws and history from Virginia, but it would work with any state's history lesson
  • Comes with differentiation activities for learners based on age and skill level
  • Provides all necessary documents for research
  • Focuses on important research and collaboration skills
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