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What Is Segregation?



What Is Segregation?
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     challenging words:    imagine, separation, wherever, cases, segregation, illegal, elementary, education, schools, year, buses, several, kids, case, lived, equal
     content words:    Linda Brown, Civil War, Supreme Court


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What Is Segregation?
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Imagine that a new school year is about to start in your town. You live close to one elementary school. You could walk a few short blocks to school every day. You would know kids who go to this school because some of them are your neighbors.
 
2     Or you could go to another elementary school. To get to that school, you would have to walk about the same distance. But this walk would be along the train tracks - it might not be very safe. Then after you walked several blocks, you would have to ride a school bus across town. You would not know any of the children there. Which school would you choose?
 
3     You would probably want to choose the school that is close to your home. You would have a shorter and safer trip to and from school every day. You would be going to school with kids from your neighborhood. But what if your family was told that you couldn't go to that school? What if the reason you couldn't go was because of the color of your skin?

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