Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Intro to Rosa Parks: Building Prior Knowledge through Experiencing Segregation - Section 2: Teaching Strategy


Make sure that you frame this lesson carefully.  Tell scholars that this is role play and that if it is too uncomfortable for them, at any point, you can stop.  Scholars really understood a bit about what it was like to be discriminated against.  They said things like, "This isn't fair, it's not my fault that I wore jeans today.  My mom laid them out for me."  During the discussion we talked about locus of control and how the color of our skin isn't within our control nor does it dictate the type of person that we are, in the same way that wearing jeans or not wearing jeans doesn't necessarily dictate what type of person we are.  This activity makes the entire experience of segregation relevant for students and helps them to feel excited about learning about Rosa Parks.  Instead of feeling like, "Oh here we go again, learning about these old Civil Rights leaders."  Students were actually able to experience and feel how strong Rosa and all of the Civil Rights leaders needed to be to do the work that they accomplished.  

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Framing is key!
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Intro to Rosa Parks: Building Prior Knowledge through Experiencing Segregation

Unit 3: Give It All You've Got - Part II
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT relate to and collaboratively discuss what segregation may have been like

Big Idea: How does it feel to be unfairly discriminated against?

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English / Language Arts, main idea, text, supporting details, topic
  90 minutes
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