Welcome to “The Road to Little Rock.” The curriculum in this project was designed to provide teachers with additional tools to help students discover accurate historical content, demonstrate relevance of subject matter and maintain high engagement levels within the classroom. It helps teach students to source information and provides students the opportunity to apply content knowledge to contemporary issues.
The “Road to Little Rock” elementary curriculum is applicable for intermediate elementary school students. It is standard based and aligns with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts Literacy in History/Social Studies. The curriculum contains components that apply to many language arts curriculum and the content is interdisciplinary. The activities can easily be differentiated by classroom teachers.
Curriculum includes an age appropriate DVD featuring interviews with three members of the “Little Rock Nine” and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, as well as other individuals who played primary roles in the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The DVD can be segmented for teaching purposes.
Activities in the viewer’s guide include primary source text analysis (including quotes and photographs), character education, sourcing information, and application of knowledge. Each activity has reproducible handouts.