In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The desegregation of Central High School ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” We will examine this key moment in U.S. history and learn new ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
In this seminar, teachers will:
- Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills.
- Explore resources that will enable you to create a four-week or longer unit on the Civil Rights Movement using an array of Facing History resources, including curricular texts, film, literature, and historical sources.
- Receive a free copy of Facing History’s study guide, Choices in Little Rock.