Tap into your students’ personal fears, life choices, critical thinking skills, and creativity in this 7 activity lesson pack covering the actions and people, from President Eisenhower and Governor Faubus to the 9 Little Rock Central High School students themselves, that turned a school year into a crisis.
What made Little Rock, Arkansas 1957 THE collision of emotions and laws, of morals and traditions, of rights and responsibilities? Why did THAT photo of Hazel Bryan and Elizabeth Eckford capture the attention of the entire nation? What does this mean to your students NOW?
This lesson pack offers 7 thought-provoking primary source-based activities that build towards students exploring the role fear and impulses have on our decision-making, especially in regards to our rights and responsibilities as Americans by writing an original POV poem.
knowing one’s fears and not letting it stand in the way of one’s responsibilities.
Challenge your students to investigate why one school district’s compliance with Brown v. Board turned into a national collision of rights and responsibilities by:
- Analyzing Jim Crow Laws, Brown v. Board arguments, and an engaging TED Talk on fear
- Investigating the details behind the decisions of the school board, the students, and the political leaders involved
- Analyzing and inferring on short excerpts of speeches and photographs
Culminate their learning in creating an authentic product by:
- Brainstorming the deep-rooted emotions and point of view of a key person in this historical event
- Developing a poem from that person’s perspective
- Engaging in peer editing to improve writing
- Reflecting and self-assessing performance
Use as many or few activities you want; these are fairly interchangeable based on classroom time!
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources and deep-down emotions in this plug-and-play lesson pack
that make learning real and immediately relevant. In just a handful of classes, your students will be empowered in no longer wondering, “How can I take control of my fears in order to make better decision in the future?”
- Detailed lesson plans
- 4 1-page concept definition sheets for “fear”, “segregation”, “right”, and “responsibility”
- Jim Crow laws group activity
- TED Talk activity sheet for understanding the role of fear in decision making
- Brown v. Board primary source analysis activity
- POV brainstorm, primary source analysis, & research activities for key people: Little Rock School Board, President Eisenhower, Governor Faubus, Central High School students
- POV Poem project planning sheet, reflection & rubric sheet, template sheet
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