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INTRODUCTION
OVERVIEW
ESTABLISHING A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
LESSON 1: THE PROBLEM WE STILL LIVE WITH?
LESSON 2: THE ROAD TO BROWN
LESSON 3: WITH ALL DELIBERATE SPEED
LESSON 4: FIFTY YEARS LATER
LESSON 5: BRINGING IT HOME
LESSON 6: BUILDING ALLIANCES
 
EXPLORING THE PROMISE OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES
Overview of Unit
 

The title of the unitís first lesson is also its central question. The Problem We Still Live With? is a reference to Norman Rockwell's 1964 painting about school integration-The Problem We All Live With-which is featured in Lesson 1 to launch the unit. Through research, discussion, case study and role play, students are challenged to investigate whether segregation is a problem that we once lived with or still live with. In addition to providing factual history about school integration in the U.S., this unit aims to connect past to present, challenge students to reflect on their own beliefs about diversity, and inspire social action in local schools and communities.

Though the lessons in this unit build upon one another sequentially, each lesson can also be easily adapted to stand alone. Each lesson requires between one and three class periods to complete and is divided into sections that coincide with standard forty-five minute blocks of time. In some cases, sections can be removed to condense a lesson where time constraints are an issue. Similarly, there are many opportunities to extend each lesson through homework, research, and further study. Each lesson includes a rationale and objectives, and is also aligned with national standards in order to facilitate integration into a variety of classrooms and courses.
    Lesson 1: The Problem We Still Live With?
    A Norman Rockwell painting and historical biography are used to introduce students to Brown v. Board of Education and the history of school desegregation. Students are asked to consider whether-50 years later-they think segregation is still a problem in U.S. schools.

    Lesson 2: The Road to Brown
    Students research historical events that set the stage for Brown v. Board of Education and create a timeline that highlights their significance.

    Lesson 3: With All Deliberate Speed
    Primary documents, historic records and photographs are used to explore the ways in which school desegregation was implemented in the decades following the Brown decision.

    Lesson 4: Fifty Years Later
    Students examine statistical data and current events to learn about current levels of school integration and segregation. They participate in a role play that encourages them to explore their own ideas about integration and the value of diversity in school settings.

    Lesson 5: Bringing It Home
    Students apply their learning about the issue of segregation to their own school community by researching local demographics, reflecting on their personal experiences with social boundaries, and exploring ways to create change in their school.

    Lesson 6: Building Alliances
    Students explore what it means to be an ally and learn about allies from the Jewish community who worked to end racial segregation in schools. They apply these historical lessons to their own lives by identifying ways to build alliances across differences.









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