Share the importance of Brown vs. Board of Education decision with students. MY HERO's multimedia lesson plan includes discussion guide and learning outcome.
On Sept 23, 1957, "The Little Rock Nine" integrated Central H.S. in Little Rock, AR, after the Supreme Court passed Brown v. Board of Education, ruling school segregation unconstitutional.
Short film: Overview of the history of the Little Rock 9
Students read the stories about the Little Rock Nine, and about Thurgood Marshall, who was instrumental in school desegregation. Then consider the discussion questions.
Constance Baker Motley helped write the Supreme Court brief for Brown v. Board of Education, which gave the Little Rock 9 the right to attend Little Rock High School.
One of the "Little Rock Nine" students who integrated Little Rock High School in Arkansas
Shannon teaches in a rural Arkansas school for two weeks and looks for a hero--but finds nine.
The Little Rock Nine bravely fought discrimination to attend an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Ernest Green was part of the Little Rock 9, who desegregated Central High School in Arkansas. He was the first of the 9 to graduate from the school
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was instrumental in school desegregation, through Brown v. Board of Education.
Story and Artwork by an Upper Elementary Student
1. Research other heroes who helped desegregate schools in the United States. Who impressed you? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
2. What are areas in the world that do not allow equal access to education? Research what is being done to change this. Who is an activist working for change? Share their story with MY HERO.
3. What are obstacles that prevent access to education today?
4. Who currently is advocating for equal access to education? What are they doing? Share their story.
5. Create an original piece of art of your hero who has worked for equal access to education. Submit your artwork to our gallery.
Students will further develop research and communication skills. Students will evaluate obstacles to access to education globally.
Related Story: Listen & Read Along. Great for ESL students
One of the most important heroes in the fight against segregation in America was a six-year-old girl, Ruby Nell Bridges.
Recommended Books About the Civil Rights Movement for Younger Students
Recommended for students ages 8-12
Books About the Little Rock Nine for Older Students
A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
The Little Rock Nine lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Organizer created on 8/4/2019 6:43:10 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 9/19/2023 4:14:46 PM by Laura Nietzer