Lesson Plan

Growing Up in a Segregated Society, 1880s–1930s

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What did segregation look like in the beginning of the 20th century? Middle and high schoolers view images of segregated areas, read passages by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, and come to conclusions about how the influence of segregation spread beyond drinking fountains and restaurants.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect to a lesson on the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, or the civil rights movement
  • Encourage learners to conduct additional research about Jim Crow laws and examples of segregation
  • Use during Black History month when discussing Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Classroom Considerations
  • Note the implementation tips in the third step of the activities to distribute the resource efficiently
  • The fourth part of a six-lesson series on slavery and its aftermath in American society
  • Divides lesson objectives and procedures by grade level
  • Employs different study strategies to gather information, including Think-Pair-Share and other collaboration activities
  • Prompts learners to consider both primary and secondary source documents in their observations
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