Teaching 'The New Jim Crow'

This teacher’s guide offers summative assessments that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and defend their views after studying The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and exploring these essential questions: 

  • How does the U.S. criminal justice system create and maintain racial hierarchy through mass incarceration? 
  • How does the current system of mass incarceration in the United States mirror earlier systems of racialized social control? 
  • What is needed to end mass incarceration and permanently eliminate racial caste in the United States? 

The provided assessments include both writing tasks and performance tasks that draw on different learning styles and intelligences. Teachers can elect to use one or both assessment types, and either assign the tasks or allow students to choose from a set of options.

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