The Impact of Desegregation
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||5th Grade||Class||N/A||Length of Lesson||45 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||The Impact of Desegregation|
|Unit Title||School Desegregation|
|Unit Compelling Question||Why is it impossible for there to be equality when there is segregation based on the color of someone’s skin?|
Iowa has always been in the middle of the struggle for desegregation of schools. Iowans have played an important part in creating equal rights for everyone. The desegregation of schools was a huge part in changing the inequality in America. Even though we have desegregated schools, there are still a lot of problems with equality in America. As of today, there are still a lot of racist, unjust things that happen everyday. People are racially profiled in many aspects of life, which in some ways, creates a segregated way of life today. It is important for young students to see that we still have problems with equality in today’s world. Even though we have ended legal segregation, we still have a lot of changes that need to be made.
|Lesson Supporting Question||How did the desegregation of schools make an impact on what schools are like today?|
This lesson will be one of the last parts of our unit about school desegregation. We will have had experience with learning about what segregation is, how segregation impacted the world back then, what were some of the key parts of the desegregation of schools (Brown vs Board of Education, Little Rock 9, etc), and a little about how segregation and the desegregation of schools has impacted the world today.
We will be working a lot in this lesson with how much our country has changed and how much further we still have to go. The students will first be watching a video of students their age describing segregation, and how we still have a form of segregation in today’s world. The students will get an opportunity to see what other children their age think about the topic. As a class, we will be reading an article from The Des Moines Register about the inequality in Des Moines. This article will help put things in perspective on how we still have problems of segregation even right here in Iowa. This will spark the question, how much progress has society made in desegregating and racial equality?
|Primary Sources Used|
This is a website with a short definition of equality that we will use to help students compare their ideas of equality to what the meaning is.
This video is of 5th grade students in New York speaking on segregation in today’s schools. Students will analyze the video and think about where we are today, and how we can improve.
The Teaching Iowa History primary source database contains the article from The Des Moines Register.
Catalog Number: 2019.005.001
|Lesson Themes||Civil Rights, African American Experience|
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|Author||Reade Reiter||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||05/11/2020||Last Edited||07/15/2020|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College|