Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plan on Ida B. Wells

Subject: Civil Rights / Jim Crow
Age groups: Middle School High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Teacher Tools

This lesson plan challenges students to consider the "effectiveness of nonconformity", through the lens of Ida B. Wells´life and work.

From the Teaching Tolerance description of this lesson plan:


  • Students will consider the strategies Ida B. Wells deployed to raise awareness of social problems.
  • Students will weigh the effectiveness of nonconformity to address a specific audience.
  • Students will use Wells' story to write about a personal experience of conformity or non-conformity.
  • Students will understand some of the economic and social problems facing the South after the Civil War.