The Road to Brown (Middle School / Kansas & US History)

Nathan McAlister
Royal Valley Middle School
Mayetta, Kansas

Kansas & US History

Middle School


In this unit, students will examine the various legal and political changes that occurred as individuals and groups challenged segregation in the United States from the mid 1890’s through the 1950’s.  Key chapters of this legal battle include: Plessy v. Ferguson, Jim Crow laws, the foundation of the NAACP, and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.  Students will conduct research, construct and narrate a visual timeline, and construct a graphic representation of Topeka’s key sites.  The performance assessment requires students to write a letter to the past superintendent of Topeka Public Schools discussing their opinions of segregation.  Students will also choose from several writing options as their performance assessment for the unit.

The Road to Brown Instructional Unit Design49 KB
Path to Brown Graphic Organizer31 KB
The Disadvantaged PowerPoint671 KB