Teacher Lesson Ideas

Separate But Equal: School Desegregation in the Lowcountry

This fifth grade lesson begins with a discussion of differences between black and white schools in the 1940s and 1950s.  The lesson is based on photographs from the Avery Research Center African-American History and Culture from the time period.  After discussing Plessy v. Ferguson, the teacher will lead a class discussion outlining, from the text of the cases, how Briggs v. Elliott led to Brown v. Board of Education, and how this court decision changed life in South Carolina.  The students will view additional photographs of black children entering James Simons Elementary School in Charleston.  Finally, the students will write a journal entry from the point of view of these children and complete a timeline covering the sequence of events.

Belindalee Oliver
AC Corcoran Elementary, SC
2004 Lowcountry Institute

Margaret Stokes
AC Corcoran Elementary, SC
2004 Lowcountry Institute

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