Lesson Plan

The Road to Brown

As part of the study of segregation in U.S. schools, scholars research and create a timeline of events that led to the historic Supreme Court case, Brown V. Board of Education. Groups research a topic or event that led to the decision, add a visual representing it to the timeline, and report their findings on the significance of their topic to the whole class.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Post in a prominent place in the classroom the question, "Why is a free public education essential to a democracy?" for the duration of the unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Second of six lessons in the "Looking Back Reaching Forward" unit
  • Participants require access to devices with internet
  • The lesson is designed to have scholars reflect on the purpose of public education in a democracy
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