TEACHING TIME: Three or four 50-minute class periods
- Students will define and differentiate prejudice and discrimination.
will consider the role of the Constitution and the legal system in protecting
people from discrimination.
- Students will consider how some groups may
benefit from discriminatory laws and suggest why they might support such
- Students will evaluate the arguments made to support discriminatory
Adapting the Lesson for Middle School
The anti-Chinese legislation and ordinances activity is
a class exercise that could be used with middle school students. Combined with
the folk songs, poetry from Angel Island, and “Paper Sons” reading
(all in the following lesson), students can develop an understanding of the
real impact that the Chinese Exclusion Act had on Chinese living in the United
States or wishing to immigrate to the United States. Other activities in this
lesson, in particular the White Labor League notice and the Yick Wo v. Hopkins
reading require a deeper understanding of societal and civic issues than many
middle school students are likely to have.