Lesson Plans

  • Campaigns for Economic Freedom

    This lesson explores how racial discrimination affected the economic outlook for African Americans in the twentieth century. It examines segregated conditions in stores and businesses, common discriminatory hiring practices, and some of the grassroots campaigns developed in response to discrimination.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Understanding White Supremacy

    This lesson focuses on some of the structures that supported the system of white supremacy in the South. First, students watch a video of historical footage illustrating white resistance to desegregation. Then students examine a set of ordinances to see how one city legally enforced racism. Finally, students analyze a primary source document that advertises a Ku Klux Klan meeting. This resource is part of the Civil Rights collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Taking a Stand

    This lesson provides an introduction to the discrimination and segregation that triggered the Civil Rights Movement, through the eyes of some of the youngest activists at the time.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Re-Examining Brown

    This lesson explores the historical complexity of the struggle to desegregate schools, the geographic scope of racism, conditions that prompted activism and litigation, and how laws have changed over time.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Strategies for an Equal Education: Lesson Plan | Percy Julian

    Examine inequality in education for African Americans in the 20th century, review the Fourteenth Amendment, and identify and examine strategies used to overcome discrimination—from the NOVA program Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.

    Grades: 6-13+