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Lesson Plan 1

Lesson plan 1: Week 2 day 1

Lesson Title: Plessy v. Ferguson

Lesson Type: Analysis of Plessy v. Ferguson

Essential Question: Is the notion of separate but equal resolved in the USA?

Florida Sun Shine State Standards:

–          SS.912.C.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.

  • SS.912.C.1.5: Evaluate how the Constitution and its amendments reflect the political principles of rule of law, checks and balances, separation of powers, republicanism, democracy, and federalism.

–          SS.912.C.2: Evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system.

  • SS.912.C.2.6: Evaluate, take, and defend positions about rights protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • SS.912.C.2.9: Identify the expansion of civil rights and liberties by examining the principles contained in primary documents.

–          SS.912.C.3 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.

  • SS.912.C.3.6: Analyze the structures, functions, and processes of the judicial branch as described in Article III of the Constitution.
  • SS.912.C.3.7: Describe the role of judicial review in American constitutional government.
  • SS.912.C.3.7: Describe the role of judicial review in American constitutional government.
  • SS.912.C.3.11: Contrast how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.

–          SS.912.A.7 Understand the rise and continuing international influence of the United States as a world leader and the impact of contemporary social and political movements on American life.

  • SS.912.A.7.8: Analyze significant Supreme Court decisions relating to integration, busing, affirmative action, the rights of the accused, and reproductive rights.

–          SS.912.A.2 Understand the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction and its effects on the American people.

  • SS.912.A.2.4: Distinguish the freedoms guaranteed to African Americans and other groups with the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.

Teacher Purpose & Case Summary: As teachers it is our duty to educate our students with regards to the notion of separate but equal and racial discrimination because of it. In Plessy v. Ferguson it was decided by the Supreme Court the following “We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff’s argument to consist in the assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority. If this be so, it is not by reason of anything found in the act, but solely because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it… The argument also assumes that social prejudice may be overcome by legislation, and that equal rights cannot be secured except by an enforced commingling of the two races… If the civil and political rights of both races be equal, one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically. If one race be inferior to the other socially, the Constitution of the United States cannot put them upon the same plane.”[1] This indicates that at one point in time race had a contributing factor when deciding whether or not different races would receive equal protection. This case demonstrates to students how race impacted the equal protection clause.

Objectives:

  1. Define Plessy V. Ferguson.
  2. Analyze Plessy v. Ferguson.
  3. Discuss the importance of Plessy v. Ferguson
  4. Explain the notion of separate but equal.

Materials/Equipment

  1. computer
  2. overhead projector
  3. link to read secondary source document handout to distribute to students Secondary Source Document on Plessy v. Ferguson
  4. link to watch  Film
  5. board or white board
  6. dry erase markers or chalk
  7. students will need
    1. paper
    2. pen

Procedures

Lesson Opener or Hook:

–          The lesson will begin with an introduction to Plessy v. Ferguson. The students will read a secondary source document on the summary of the case.

Main Activity One:

–          After watching the short film, students will begin to read a secondary source document regarding the case.

  • Secondary source document
  • Questions that students will need to answer are
    • What was Plessy V. Ferguson?
    • What’s the importance of Plessy v. Ferguson?
    • Explain the notion of separate but equal.
    • Is the notion of separate but equal resolved in the US?

Conclusion

–          To conclude the lesson the students will have to complete a research paper answering the following questions. They will have to provide evidence to support their argument. Is the notion of separate but equal resolved in the US?


[1] Plessy vs. Ferguson, Judgement, Decided May 18, 1896; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; Plessy v. Ferguson, 163, #15248, National Archives.


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