Teacher Lesson Ideas

De Jure Segregation in the Jim Crow South

In this lesson for twelfth grade students, the classroom is divided into students who are given tools for an assignment (notes, pens, papers) and those who are not.  After reading primary source accounts of segregated schools and learning about de jure segregation (segregation through written laws) and de facto segregation (segregation through customs), as well as the history of Plessy v. Ferguson and Briggs v. Elliot through published proceedings, students will write about their experiences in their segregated classroom activity and their personal thoughts about the court cases.  Teachers can also include a discussion about their own school’s history in the struggle to integrate schools.

Leigh Anne Terry
Hillcrest High School, SC
2004 Lowcountry Institute

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