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Chapter 14: The Civil Rights Era

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"School Integration"

In this chapter students learned about the struggles of the Civil Rights Era. They learned that many people fought for equality during the 1950s and 1960s. This web activity reinforces the knowledge that school integration, one element in the fight for equality, was not easy for any person who was involved, but went along way towards African American equality in America.

Lesson Description
Students will learn about school integration. After reading the articles and answering questions associated with the articles, they will use the knowledge to explain that school integration was not widely accepted and was a struggle for the American people, but especially hard on the students.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The student will be able to explain school integration.
  2. The student will be able to use the information they learn to explain the difficulties of school integration for the American people and the students in particular.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. Eisenhower responded to the governor of Arkansas, who sent the Arkansas National Guard to block the nine students from entering the school, by sending in federal troops to protect the students.
  2. When they successfully completed the year, they showed America that African American students could learn and stay strong despite the obstacles.
  3. The decision of Brown v. Board of Education showed Little Rock they had to accept the integration of their students.
  4. Most people did not like the students integrating into the white school. Some went to court to stop the integration and some claimed that there would be violence in the school due to the integration.
  5. Answers may vary but could state that African Americans feared for the young people in their community, that they felt they were stepping outside of old-fashioned boundaries, they feared being attacked, and possibly feared the loss of their identity as African Americans.
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