So You Think You Can Argue? Myth vs. Reality about Brown vs. Board (Day Two)

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SWBAT to create an argumentative claim that uses details, reasons, and evidence to show a logical progression of ideas in an opinionated article.

Big Idea

News Flash! Discrimination is in our Past, Present, and Future!

Bell ringer: 99 Problems

7 minutes

Today we will continue to look the Brown vs. Board of Education case and your opinions around the following problem:

Brown vs. Board of Education was a court case derived from the discrimination of students based on their color.

The Brown vs. Board case was significant in history and open doors for blacks to gain an education equal to that of their counterparts. Was freedom and equality the premises of this decision? Maybe but what happens centuries later with blacks and whites in education. To hook students into this lesson, I will ask them to list other possible problems of Brown vs. Board of Education cases of 1954. Students will share what was placed on thier paper to fully understand other issues that this case addressed besides equalized education for all races.  

Building Knowledge: Video Clip

10 minutes

Students will look at the myths and facts around segregation in schools to determine if integration has met its original creed to provide equality and freedom to students of all races in the state of North Carolina.

Prior to students writing their opinion piece, the video clip will be shown on how the case 50 years later. As students watch this clip, they can note ideas that represent their opinion of the case in the 21st century. As the video plays, I will start a running list of things that can be representative of both sides of the argument. At the conclusion of the video, we will share other responses written on students’ notebook paper.

Independent Practice: Putting Thoughts on Paper

30 minutes

Students will use class time to develop their editorials on the teacher given prompt

Does discrimination still exist in America today?

Before any writing begins, all students will complete a way to organize information for thier Brown essay. Once this handout is complete, students will be left to freely write their paper. For students who struggle with writing, a small group will be pulled out of the classroom by a resource teacher to better support students with writing. This group can also be pulled within the classroom to sit in the back with the teacher to walk them through the writing process of developing the introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs of their paper. The only guidance I will give students is their position statement of the paper

There are many different ways discrimination is prevalent in America.

From here, all students have a position for their paper (front back side) and facts from the Brown vs. Board of Education case to further argue in writing their opinions about this landmark case that with one decision from the Supreme Court, changed the education of blacks and whites forever. Listen to reflection of brown papers video to hear what two students developed during this time.