These modules are designed for students to spark curiosity, engage students in critical dialogue, and promote deep inquiry at a variety of academic and grade levels. Teachers may elect to present them in a series as a learning progression, or individually as stand-alone lessons.
In the Desegregation of Baltimore City Schools module, students consider the essential question “What were some of the experiences of Baltimore City youth during the transitional period of desegregation?”
Students will engage in discussion based conversation sparked by narratives from Voices of Baltimore: Life under Segregation clips. Alignment to authentic Primary Sources from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum of American History are provided to encourage a deeper investigations of the topic.
Students think critically about the sources as they create an evidence-based conclusion relating to the desegregation of Baltimore City schools.
Each module is designed around an essential question, which is student-friendly and historically significant. The module's resources, which include the documentary clip, interview transcripts, primary sources, and secondary sources, lead students to answer the module's essential question.
Students will be asked to think critically about the essential question posed by the module. After viewing the clip, students will be led through a series of discussion questions answered by the rich oral histories of the highlighted prominent Baltimore figures. While the clips have an emphasis on oral history interviews, students will have opportunities to explore various secondary sources related to the the topic.
Students will be challenged to use the narratives from the video clips as well as other primary sources to draw evidence-based conclusions about the essential question.
All modules have been aligned with the Common Core Literacy in History and Social Studies standards as well as College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) standards .
Throughout, students are invited to participate in the same process that historians engage in: considering a question, analyzing evidence, and developing and defending an interpretation.
These modules are designed to apply to students of a variety of grades and academic levels. While the issues addressed in Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation are complicated and complex, conducting group discussions can inspire meaningful conversations and prompt students to reach beyond their academic and ability level. It should be noted that students have access to other resources to further supplement classroom learning and/or personal discovery. Towson University has provided a list of suggested resources and guides.
Baltimore Grassroots Organizations and/or Advocacy Groups
Arts Everyday Baltimore Algebra Project Baltimore Bloc Baltimore Green Works Baltimore United
Baltimoreans for Educational Equity Maryland Out of School Time Power Inside Thread Tubman House Baltimore Youth Helping Youth