This close read is a companion to the “This American Life” episode #562, “The Problem We All Live With: Part I.” Students should have some background on The Little Rock Nine and United States school integration before beginning the close read.
It is an interactive close read with in-text prompts, four companion activities, and a detailed teacher guide. This product is engaging because it is directly paired with the podcast episode: students listen, follow along, and stop at strategic places in the text for discussion.
The overall objective of this lesson is: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to use textual evidence to discuss the effects (on students, parents, and the state) of the recent integration of the Francis Howell school district.
Skills: critical thinking, responding to text-dependent questions using textual evidence, citing textual evidence, using line numbers, using footnotes, using context clues, annotating text, identifying important events, identifying important individuals, connecting individuals to events, first-person point of view, compare and contrast