Unit Overview 

Explore the history of Affirmative Action in the United States from Plessy v. Ferguson 1869 to the present. Students read primary source documents, watch video, and explore recent Affirmative Action cases and relate this to the Core Democratic Values. They participate in a "mock" Affirmative Action Supreme Court case. 

Service Experience 
Learners write a column for the school or local newspaper "Opinion" page, discussing one of the following questions: "Can government policies promote diversity and equality in society?" or "Do we need Affirmative Action programs in the twenty first century?"
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Affirmative Action
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In this lesson, learners view footage from the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize on the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Learners discuss and answer questions on the process of desegregation in Little Rock, and the Core Democratic Values related to that process.

Unit: 
Affirmative Action
Lesson 4 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

In this lesson, the class prepares for two mock Supreme Court trials, considering the scenarios from Lessons One and Two. The Court will also use these models to decide the outcomes of the cases. As an ongoing Current Events assignment, learners will track affirmative action proposals and legislation in the news, and report on them in the school newspaper.