Educators' Guide

Lesson Plans

School Desegregation Pioneers
Grade 6—English Language Arts
Students will hear oral history excerpts and analyze images of some of the first students to desegregate Southern schools.

Recording Desegregation: Conduct Your Own Oral History Project
Grade 8—Social Studies
In this unit, students will research school desegregation in preparation for interviewing a community member about his or her experience with segregation.

Busing for Integration vs. Neighborhood Schools
Grade 10 English Language Arts
Grades 10—12 Social Studies
Students will compare and contrast neighborhood schools with integrated schools where students are bused, while also studying the demographic shifts in the schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in response to court legislation, and listening to oral histories from community members about the two types of schools.

De Facto vs. De Jure Segregation
Grades 11–12—Social Studies
In this lesson, students will compare and contrast de jure and de facto segregation, listening to oral history excerpts about both and discussing solutions to each type.

Oral History Resources

Audio Toolkit for Teachers
Become familiar with the audio format you will use with these oral histories and troubleshoot any potential problems before using audio in your classroom.

Oral History Overview
Gain a broad understanding of how you can use oral histories with your students (no matter what subject you teach), why they are important, and what tools are available to make using oral histories much easier.

Other Resources
A list of other web sites that use or explain oral histories.