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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-36 Separate and Unequal

This lesson focuses on the effect of "separate but equal" on daily life.  Students will examine, interpret, and discuss a series of five images dealing with segregation.  Using this information they will write a persuasive letter to their city council.  This lesson is designed to take one class period. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-36 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
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M-36 Entertainment
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M-36 Businesses
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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #4 Societies experience continuity and change over time.


  • 4.2: The student will analyze the context of continuity and change and the vehicles of reform, drawing conclusions about past change and potential future change.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1:  The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • WHST.6-8.1(b):  The student writes arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (b) To support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
  • WHST.6-8.4:  The student will produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.