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The 101st Airborne goes to Little Rock

Lesson Author
Required Time Frame
4-5 class periods
Lesson Abstract
Based on the group work, each student will write a 2-3 paragraphs (4-6 sentences) defending or disagreeing with the President's decision to send the 101st Airborne to Little Rock citing evidence from the readings.
Rationale (why are you doing this?)

  • The end of segregated schools case came from Topeka. The President at this time was also a Kansan-D.D. Esienhower who will order the 101st to Little Rock. A major event in Kansas History.


Lesson Objectives - the student will
  • use primary sources
  • use secondary sources
  • develop public speaking skills
  • develop cooperative learning skills
  • demonstrate historical thinking skills
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met
  • Reading history 6-8.2,
  • cite textual information 6-8.7 distinguish fact, opinion through reasoned judgement
  • use of technology- 6-8.6
  • KCCRS 1,2,7,8,9
Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed

  • Kansas History textbook(all will cover this time frame)

  • handout summaries of the Brown cases


Primary sources needed (document, photograph, artifact, diary or letter, audio or visual recording, etc.) needed

  • DD Eisenhower Presidential Proclamation- Sept.. 23, 1957. “Obstruction of Justice….”

  • DD Eisenhower  Public Address on Little Rock Sept. 24, 1957(video and transcript)

  • information at Eisenhower Presidential Library

Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both the teacher and the students do?

  • Day 1: