USA L5 - Race Relations & Segregation in the 20's

This lesson focuses on the race relations in the 1920’s with regard to the involvement of the KKK and the Jim Crow Laws which led to segregation. The students begin with a starter looking at an all white classroom vs an all black one. The students discuss and compare and contrast what they see. At this point the key word ‘segregation’ can be elicited and a discussion held.

The slides then move through some examples of racism in the South and what the Jim Crow Laws were. There is a comparison between Jim Crow and the Crows in Dumbo, and clip links provided. Students then get a card sort (optional, or go through it on the board) of some of the laws from the Jim Crow Laws. The students can put them in a diamond 9 from most to least offensive.

Students then get a chance to learn about the KKK from a video (link provided) which I have edited and cut from 3 different clips which shows a bit about the KKK. There is then a series of sources that can be put on group tables (or posted around the room for a carousal) and students can say what they can learn from them by storing info in a table (also provided).

A final challenge can be done about whether ‘seperate but equal’ was actually happening in the USA and comment on the inequality of it.

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Created: Oct 25, 2020

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

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