Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation


Basic Info:

Written by Duncan Tonatium. Published in 2014.


Book Review:

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation is the true story of Sylvia Mendez who was an American girl born of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent. She was denied access to a “whites-only” school 10 years before Brown vs. The Board of Education, so her family decided to fight for justice and attempt to end segregation in California. This book has won upwards of 10 awards, including one of the SLJ Best Books of 2014. Separate Is Never Equal is great for upper-elementary-school students learning about civil rights and segregation in education. This is excellent as it shares a story that is not often told and offers just one more example of true heroism during the civil rights movement.


Resources:

This website includes a variety of lesson plan ideas as well as links to multiple interviews with the author Duncan Tonatium.

This is a full lesson plan for Separate Is Never Equal including activities and the common core standards they meet.


 

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