Teaching Choices in Little Rock

The Choices in Little Rock Unit Outline provides a C3-aligned instructional pathway for teaching our original Choices in Little Rock resource.

Choices in Little Rock focuses on efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957—efforts resulting in a crisis that historian Taylor Branch once described as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” Students explore civic choices—the decisions people, including young people, make as citizens in a democracy. Those decisions, both then and now, reveal that democracy is not a product but a work in progress, a work that is shaped by the choices that we make about ourselves and others.

This unit is designed to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, social-emotional learning, and civic agency.

About the Unit Assessment

The unit’s summative assessment has two parts, incorporating core elements of the C3 curriculum framework:

  • a writing prompt, which emphasizes investigating and analyzing evidence from rich primary sources, and
  • an informed action, through which students apply lessons from their study of desegregation and the civil rights movement towards improving their school community.

Tools to Teach This Curriculum

Instructor Materials

Choices in Little Rock Unit Outline for Teachers

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Choices in Little Rock Unit Outline for Teachers

This unit outline includes an instructional pathway for teaching our original resource, Choices in Little Rock.

Choices in Little Rock

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This resource investigates the choices made by the Little Rock Nine and others in the Little Rock community during the civil rights movement during efforts to desegregate Central High School in 1957.

Common Core Writing Prompts and Strategies: Choices in Little Rock

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This resource provides writing prompts and strategies that align our Choices in Little Rock unit with the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

 

Student Materials

The below digital resources are available to students—no login required! 

Choices in Little Rock Student Guide

Contains all the readings and handouts students will need for the Choices in Little Rock Unit Outline.

 

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Choices in Little Rock Student Guide (Spanish)

Contains all the readings and handouts Spanish speaking students will need for the Choices in Little Rock Unit Outline.

 

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Journal

This blank journal provides a space for thoughtful reflection and intellectual and emotional engagement with the materials.

 

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