Diversity: Past and Present
Lessons for the Fair
Education Act of 2011
Lesson 1: Diversity
Students examine the history of diversity in
California. First, students read and discuss an introduction to the
major groups that make up California’s cultural diversity.
They then examine case studies of instances when California’s
public policy was changed to accommodate an ever more diverse society.
Finally, they role-play a state legislative committee that will make
recommendations about the need for new civil-rights law.
2: Discrimination and Civil Rights in California
In this lesson, students examine the history of discrimination in the
state of California. Students read about and discuss social changes in
California that have led to the development of civil rights in the
state and nation. Then in a jigsaw activity, they examine four case
studies of individual Californians who contributed to those social
changes. Finally, students debrief the activity with an emphasis on
understanding the meaning of civil rights.