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Lights, Camera, Action Lesson Plan

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
African American History and Culture, Civil Rights Movement, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional Law, Government, History, Leadership, Social Studies
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:


Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement are brought alive by students dressing, reading, and acting the stories of people involved in the struggle for equal rights. These stories tell who they are and why they chose to be a part of the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit and the Civil Rights Movement.


Students will be able to identify each character with examples from the scripts.
Students will be able to explain how the actions of the individuals involved in Brown affect their lives today.  
Students will be able to explain the relationships of the individuals involved in Brown or how they relate to one another.


Linda Brown
Daughter of lead plaintiff, Oliver Brown, in Brown v. Board of Education. Linda lived in a neighborhood that was near a white school, however, she had to ride a bus further away to go to a black school. In the summer of 1950, Oliver Brown attempted to enroll her in the neighborhood white school but they denied her admission because of her race. As a result, Linda Brown became the face of the struggle to end segregation in public schools. 

Lucinda Todd
Community activist in Topeka, Kansas who fought for equal education. She was one of thirteen plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education. She served as the secretary for the Topeka chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

Charles Scott
Lawyer in Topeka who helped lead the plaintiffs of Brown v. Board of Education to victory. Charles Scott was influenced by his father Elijah Scott, a prominent African American lawyer in Topeka, to become a lawyer and fight for civil rights. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King helped organize a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955, one year after the Brown decision, beginning the Civil Rights Movement to end segregation in all aspects of society.


Materials include the scripts for Linda Brown, Lucinda Todd, Charles Scott, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Assessments are based on student responses to the questions provided in the procedures. The teacher is responsible for checking student understanding of the learning objectives.

Park Connections

The lesson relates to the park by telling the local story of Topeka, Kansas in the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court case.

Additional Resources

Information on Lucinda Todd- http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/lucinda-todd/16897

Information on Charles Scott- http://etext.ku.edu/view?docId=ksrlead/ksrl.kc.scottcharless.xml


Segregation, Brown v. Board of Education, Civil Rights

Last updated: April 10, 2015