The Struggle for Equality

Adell Treadwell, Fifth Grade, Bain Elementary School

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200 Word Synopsis

What does it mean to be equal and to have equality? Why does the color of your skin matter? What does it mean to have citizenship and to be a citizen? All of these questions make you wonder why any human being or group of people would have to go through so much heart ache and pain just to be considered an equal. From the time our country was created people of color particularly African Americans were treated so unfairly and not seen or considered to be a citizen of the United States. This unit will take your students on a historical journey. Students will learn about Jim Crow laws and segregation and learn how the African American population fought for their rights by having peaceful protest and sit-ins. Students will be able to not only learn about these topics but feel like they are apart of this era of time through novel reading, children’ journal writings, reflections, and role playing some of the events that has transpired through the years. This unit includes strategies, lesson plans, and children’s literature books to go along with the stated topics. If you teach social studies, literacy and writing this will be a great unit to experience and explore with your class.