In this unit, students explore the history of Affirmative Action in the United States from Plessy v. Ferguson 1869 to the present. The class uses the Internet to read primary source documents from Plessy, Brown v. Board of Education 1954 and United Steelworkers v. Weber 1979. The class views documentary footage from the PBS series Eyes on the Prize and answers questions from that video on the Little Rock Central High School desegregation in 1957. Students explore recent Affirmative Action cases, then participate in a "mock" Affirmative Action Supreme Court case. Throughout the unit, students relate Core Democratic Values to the different aspects of Affirmative Action. Students finish the unit by writing a column on Affirmative Action for the school or local newspaper.
9, 10, 11, 12
Civics, Economics, Human Behavior, Human Relations, Sociology, United States Constitution, United States Government, United States History, Process Skills, Technology, Writing (composition), Theater Arts
Unit of instruction
Learning to Give