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Segregated America Lesson
Lesson plan examining the condition and aspirations of free African Americans in the years following the Civil War. Students will analyze primary source documents in order to identify social factors that led to the rise of Jim Crow segregation and evaluate the effects of segregation. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Separate and Unequal Education-Lesson
Lesson plan identifying the purpose and importance of education in American society and why African Americans chose to challenge segregated education in their quest for equality. Students will discuss the purpose and requirements for education, compare black and white schools using photographs from the time period, and examine the concept of integration when applied to issues of education and multiculturalism.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Homepage
Online exhibit on the Brown v. Board of Education decision as a turning point in the history of race relations in the United States. Looks at the fearless efforts of lawyers, community activists, parents, and students to push the issue of equal education all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually make equal opportunity the law of the land. This exhibit will help students understand the historic struggle for equal education that set in motion sweeping changes in American society and redefined the nation’s ideals.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Web Resources
List of web resources related to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Part of the online exhibit, Separate is Not Equal: Brown v Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Slave Life and the Underground Railroad Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children about slavery, slave life, and the Underground Railroad. Includes discussion questions based on a reading of the children’s book, Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter, and other activities/recommended readings.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Folkways Magazine:
Website that introduces an indigenous American art form. Includes audio samples of the work discussed, from ragtime to modern.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Source: Civil Rights
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the civil rights struggle. Includes a variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, a video in which Smithsonian curators examine a photograph of civil rights leader Medgar Evans, DBQs, lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary-source documents from the Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Still Cookin’ by the Fireside: African Americans in Food Service
Website describes food history and culture as a part of the political economy of African Americans from the Colonial era to the present. Includes historical photos, extensive bibliography.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Stories of Freedom & Justice: Learning Resources
Webpage of resources – lesson plans, videos, family activities, and instructional media related to the nonviolent civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Featured resources include videos and a teacher’s guide for the Museum's Join the Student Sit-Ins program, literacy-based family activities on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, and an archived webcast of an oral history of the three surviving members of the Greensboro Four.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage
Parent's guide with activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children’s literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role in the civil rights movement.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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