Build A Learning Plan – Little Rock 60 Years Later


September 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, where nine African American students shaped American history.

The article, “Little Rock 60 Years Later” by Hasan Kwame Jeffries, provides a clear and concise summary of the event, which includes the following topics:

  • History of the Central High crisis
  • Historical Resistance to Desegregation
  • Beyond Central High
  • In the South
  • Beyond the South
  • Modern Pushback
  • The Way Forward

What You’ll Find

Included in this page:

  • A Link to Build a Learning Plan that allows you to create a lesson where you can choose a Social Justice Standard, either write or choose an essential question, and a topic. A list of text (videos, primary and secondary sources). You can also select tasks for students and instructional strategies.
  • A toolkit for “Little Rock 60 Years Later” with video clips by Dr. Terrence Roberts (a member of the Little Rock Nine) with accompanying lessons and text.
  • Lesson plans on the topic of race, ethnicity, class, rights and activism

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How can you use this resource to help tell the stories from this chapter in American history?

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