Teacher Notes: Separate But Not Eqaul

Teacher Notes (Lesson 2)- Separate But Not Equal:

  1. Opening activity:
    1. On the Post-It Notes write three things that you think about the 1920’s! When done put the three post-it notes on the white broad in the front of the room.
      1. Students will be given post it notes to write down what they know about the 1920’s. After the activity students will go back to their seats. I will pull the post its off the board and read them out loud. I expect the students to write Jazz, Flappers, and silent films.
    2. Let’s talk about the African American Experience in the 1920’s.
      1. Background information: What is the Plessy v. Ferguson case.
        1. 1897
        2. Approved racial segregation.
      2. Harlem Renaissance:
        1. The Harlem Renaissance was a significant social and cultural movement, which took place in the 1920s and 1930s following the Great Migration during which thousands of Africa-Americans left the south and moved north and west.
        2. Lets Read: Harlem by Walter Dean Myers (http://faculty.lagcc.cuny.edu/eiannotti/harlem/harlem.htm)
          1. Students will be provided a copy as a I read it in classroom (depending on the class have students read it out loud in class.)
        3. Independent Activity: Finding A poem
          1. Students will go to www.poemhunter.com and search for one of the three authors they will read on of their poems.
            1. Countee Cullen
            2. James Weldon Johnson
            3. Gwendolyn Bennetta Bennett
          2. Then they will create tweets about this person and their experience in the 1920’s.
            1. One on the poem they personally chose and another on the poem “Harlem” by Walter Dean Meyers.
          3. Art in the Harlem Renaissance:
            1. Expressionist lots of color, emotion,
            2. Very colorful, human shapes are not all right, emphasizing African American culture
            3. Purple and white, Black man carrying a cross, could represent Jesus, or carrying the white mans burden, crosses are heavy so the burden of oppression, or even the death of a black man. Provokes a lot of emotion (expressionism.)
            4. Give black people saintly hood, goes back to slavery, the bodies are not really realistic (expressionism).
          4. Cause and Effect:
            1. The rise of the KKK in the 20’s. With the large migration in America with immigrants and African Americans Up North there is a rise in KKK membership.
            2. The photo is of the KKK marching in Washington
            3. Film also portrayed racism in the film “Birth of a Nation”
              1. Plays off the stereotypes of African Americans.
                1. *** White people are blacked face for the movie. ***
                  1. Hyper Sexual
                  2. Lazy
                  3. Criminals
                2. Students will understand that these are stereotypes!!!

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