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curriculum in this project was designed to provide teachers with additional tools to help students discover accurate historical content, demonstrate relevance of subject matter and maintain high engagement levels within the classroom.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” secondary curriculum is applicable for middle and high school students. The content and activities found in this program provide added curriculum for courses in U.S. History, Political Science, U.S. Government, Civics, Sociology, Psychology, and Problems of Democracy. A primary component found within the curriculum focuses on character education and the content is interdisciplinary. The activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts Literacy in History/Social Studies.
Curriculum includes a DVD featuring interview with three members of the “Little Rock Nine”, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and other individuals who were present during the desegregation of Central High school, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The DVD blends thought provoking interviews with archival footage and primary source documentation.
Activities in the viewer’s guide include primary source text analysis (including political cartoons and photographs), a DBQ style writing assignment, writing essays based on Common Core Standards, character education, sourcing information, and the application of knowledge to contemporary issues. Each activity has reproducible handouts.