Lesson Plan

School Desegregation

Students will explore school desegregation
Debra D.
Classroom teacher
Dearborn Public Schools
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to uderstand and explain what the first days of desegregation were like and the experiences those individuals went through focusing on the historical Brown v. Board of Education. 

Social Studies
Grades 6 – 9
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Students will discuss what desegregation means. They will be introduced to the concept and what it meant for the United States. They will brainstorm as a group what it would have felt like if they went to school back then and what changes may have been made since then. 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Students will view the following video on pbslearningmedia.org. It chronicles the conditions, events, and court cases leading up to the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Ed.



3 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

The students will work in small groups and begin to explore school desegregation on the historical scene investigation website. They will work through the lesson, explore the primary resources given to them and answer the questions provided. When they have finished they will be able to describe the first days of school desegregation in Kentucky and how the people in Kentucky experienced school desegregation.




4 Wrap up

Activity: Assessing

The students will present their findings from the Historical Scene Investigation website. As a group they will discuss their findings and look at how each group responded to the questions.