Lesson Outline (II)


This lesson is about introducing students to the power of spatial thinking. The lesson draws on the background information contained in the previous lesson. For more contextual information, or to introduce this lesson without completing the first lesson on reading primary sources, you may use the following background contextual resources. First is a the documentary Jim Crow of the North. The film is based on the work of Mapping Prejudice and can serve as a fantastic pre-learning resource to use with the activities in this lesson. You may also use this Story Map, which contains interactive versions of the covenant and redlining maps along with explanations of the history. Both of these resources are shown below.

After students have a foundational understanding of what a racially restrictive covenant is and how these discriminatory tools were used, this lesson works to build their understanding of how they functioned in space. Beyond understanding spatial relationships particular to racial covenants and discriminatory housing, this lesson pushes students to consider what can be revealed by locating something in a place and analyzing spatial relationships. To get students thinking spatially, we start with an exercise that compares spatial and non-spatial modes of thinking.



“Jim Crow of the North” a documentary based on the work of Mapping Prejudice



Seeing Inequality is a Story Map that walks students through an interactive version of the racially restrictive covenants data and redlining maps.


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