Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, and addresses the standard of explaining the significance of key civil rights victories. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image from the BrainPOP movie. You can find it at the start of the movie or at timecode 1:00. Say to students: This image shows an example of school segregation. Based on what you see, what do you think segregation means?

Invite students to share what they know or have heard about segregation.
 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the two Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary-style movie that tells the story of a civil rights activist involved in the events leading up to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies the events that led to Brown v. Board of Education, and the effects of its verdict. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent Brown v. Board of Education and the effects of its verdict. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Brown v. Board of Education.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did Brown v. Board of Education impact the Civil Rights Movement? 
  • Where can we see evidence of segregation’s legacy today? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Brown v. Board of Education Topeka Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Continue learning about Brown v. Board of Education by doing a Primary Source Activity, or by playing BrainPOP’s timeline game, Time Zone X

 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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