Lesson Plan:

Separate Is Not Equal

By Rebecca Wukitch


In this lesson, students are asked to describe the steps people took to eliminate segregation in U.S. schools. By examining artifacts--photographs from the period--they develop a deeper understanding of the ways people work for change in a political system.

National Standards (National Center for History in the Classroom, 1996)

Grades 5-12
This lesson addresses Standard 4 in Era 9 (The struggle for racial and gender equality). Under Historical Thinking it addresses Standard 3 (Historical Analysis and Interpretation).


  • Index cards
  • Chart paper
  • Graphic organizer, "Eliminating Segregation"
  • Artifacts and documents from this site