Separate is Never Equal is an exceptional picture book. This post contains some teaching ideas to use with the book as well as a free mini-lesson. The lesson includes both printable and digital activities. Before you begin reading, you may wish to grab the free materials.
Use this link to download the free resource.
Separate is Never Equal
Separate is Never Equal – Sylvia Mendez & Her Fight for Desegregation is a biographical picture book. It is based on events that took place between 1944-1947. Sylvia’s father moved to Orange County, California to lease a farm. When his children went with Aunt Soledad to enroll in school, they were told they must attend the ‘Mexican School.’ Gonzalo Mendez fought for the rights of his children. This lead to the historic court case Mendez v. Westminister which challenged Mexican remedial schools in Orange County. The court ruled the school districts must stop the practice of segregation. They were violating the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Free Lessons to Use with the Book
All activities for this unit are in a printable mini-workbook.
Activities include the following:
- vocabulary practice
- comprehension questions
- writing prompt for character traits
- excerpt from the novel Echo
- writing comparison activity between Echo and Separate is Never Equal
Choose between the printable activities or go paperless with digital resources that are compatible with Google Classroom.
Use this link to download the free resource. Links to the digital activities are included in the printable resource.
Turn the Lesson Interactive with Anchor Charts
These anchor charts are super easy to make. You can have them ready for students in a few minutes. Just print out clipart to decorate, draw a few lines, and label the sections.
I used clipart by Sarah Pecorino. You can find it here.
I love using sticky notes on the anchor chart. Have students work individually to complete their T-charts in the mini-workbook or online using the Google Slides provided.
Next, have the students move into groups to discuss what they have written. Students divide up the details so that each student writes a few on the sticky notes. The students then place the sticky notes on the correct locations of the anchor chart.