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Judicial Branch of California

Separate But Equal - Is It Black or White?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The story of Ruby Bridges and the case of Brown vs. The Board of Education are fantastic tools for discussing the concept of separate but equal. Kids tackle some big questions about what is fair, what is civil, and what rights or laws...
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PBS

Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson - A Journey Back to Separate but Equal Conditions

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Baseball great Jackie Robinson fought for social justice. His efforts to push for equal access are detailed in an episode from from the Ken Burns: The Jackie Robinson Collection. After viewing the clip, class members engage in a series...
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C-SPAN

14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Two Supreme Court cases, Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education take center stage in a lesson about the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Class members research both cases to compare and contrast the rulings.
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Smithsonian Institution

Separate is Not Equal: Fight for Desegregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Separate is not equal! An eye-opening activity delves into the past to understand the fight for desegregation and how it impacted African American communities. Academics complete two one-hour lessons using documents, photographs, and...
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Curated OER

Plessy V. Ferguson: "Separate but Equal," Equal Protection

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the details and impact of the Plessy vs. Ferguson U.S. Supreme Court case.  In this U.S. History lesson, students participate in several group discussions and group activities that examine both sides of the famous...
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Curated OER

Development of Federal Civil Rights Acts : 1950's - Present

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students use the Internet to research one of five cases associated with Brown v. Board of Education and then join a group with people who researched the other four.
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Curated OER

The Fight to End "Separate but Equal" in American Schools

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study the court cases related to Brown v. Board of Education and the "separate but equal" standard established by Plessy v. Ferguson. They create an informational display that can be used to teach others the particulars of the...
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Interactive
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Judicial Learning Center

Civil Rights and Equal Protection

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Almost every American is familiar with the Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. Far fewer understand the constitutional reasoning or the wide-ranging consequences of the ruling in the field of criminology. The interesting...
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Curated OER

Segregation: From Jim Crow to Linda Brown

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the African American social, economic, and political conditions between 1896 and 1953. In this segregation lesson plan, students analyze primary sources to develop an understanding of the plight of African Americans'...
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Curated OER

Schools of Thought on Segregation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read a New York Times article in order to explain how American courts and communities are dealing with the unanimous Supreme Court decision to end "separate but equal" education. They analyze how this affects the nation's youth.
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Interactive
DocsTeach

Compare and Contrast: School Photographs

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Separate and very unequal! An interactive presents learners with two images: a photograph of a boys' bathroom at a school in Gloucester County, Virginia, and a second of a girls' bathroom at a different school in the same county. The...
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Curated OER

Separate But Equal Video

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders watch the video "Separate But Equal." They choose an incident or event from the video that is interesting or meaningful to them and write an objective news article and an editorial.
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Curated OER

Massive Resistance and School Integration

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders write a short story that shows their feelings on a chosen historical perspective on school integration of the past. In this school integration lesson plan, 4th graders learn about Separate But Equal, resistance to change,...
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Curated OER

Active Viewing: Eyes on the Prize "Awakenings"

For Teachers 11th
Dive deeper into the Montgomery Bus Boycott with this multi-stage lesson, centered on the essential question: Why did the boycott last so long? Historians investigate the Jim Crow south through a video clip (not included), then analyze...
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Curated OER

Separate But Equal Opinions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the ways in which editorials and Op-Ed pieces respond to current events. They write editorials in response to news items from the New York Times.
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Curated OER

Race, Language and Separation

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discuss the idea of separation in today's society. In groups, they examine the laws used in the past with a focus on "separate, but equal". They review the Brown v. Board of Education case and determine if it caused or...
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K5 Learning

Fight for Equality: Thurgood Marshall

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Students read an informational text passage on Thurgood Marshall and his contribution to African Americans' rights, and then answer questions based on what they read.
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Teach Engineering

Messin' with Mixtures

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Do you separate your trail mix before eating it? Then you've been separating mixtures your whole life! Scholars model a contaminated soil sample using trail mix and estimate the percentage of each component. They consider how to clean up...
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Interactive
DocsTeach

School Desegregation Court Cases: Mendez v. Westminster and Brown v. Board

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Separate is not equal! Young historians analyze the petition from the U.S. Supreme Court case Mendez v. Westminster filed in 1945 and examine background material about the case. They then compare it to the more famous Brown v. Board of...
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Curated OER

The Adarand Case: Affirmative Action and Equal Protection

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the Adarand case.  In this American Government instructional activity, 11th graders create a list of reasons for each affirmative action program.  Students develop a defense on certain issues and present it to...
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Curated OER

Comparing 3 Digit Numbers

For Students 1st - 2nd
Looking for some visual practice with number comparisons? You've found it! There are three problems here challenging scholars to utilize the greater than, less than, and equal to signs. Each question is formatted differently to appeal to...
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Curated OER

Separate But Equal? A Lesson on the Briggs v. Elliott Case in Claredon County, SC

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discussschool integration.  In this racial inequality lesson plan, 3rd graders read Remember: The Journey to School Integrationand discuss the school facilities and how people must have felt. Students watch a video to learn...
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Curated OER

Equal or Not Equal

For Students K
Tiny mathematicians count the number of shapes (up to 8) in pairs of object groups and identify the sets as equal or not equal. Five practice problems. They also draw 2 groups of shapes that are not equal. A focused tool that requires...
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State Bar of Texas

Sweatt v. Painter

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is separate but equal actually equal? The 1950 Supreme Court case Sweatt v. Painter discusses the law of segregation and inequality. Scholars investigate the impact of the case on the desegregation of public schools across the nation...

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