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Newsela: War and Peace. Historical Thinking Matters: home page. Digital Public Library of America. Center for History and New Media. Sea of Liberty Providing interactive tools for teaching, exploring, and sharing the power of Jefferson’s ideas across cultures and borders.

Center for History and New Media

Learn More | Visit the Site 100 Leaders. Teaching Tolerance: Classroom Resources. This lesson is part of The Little Rock Battle for School Integration series, which introduces students to the actors and events central to the 1957 Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis.

Teaching Tolerance: Classroom Resources

In this lesson, students learn about the state of Central High School and integration in Little Rock 55 years after the crisis. In 1957, the conflict in Little Rock changed the nation, but in the process, the small, Southern city was also transformed. The events that made Little Rock famous exposed the city’s divided views on racial integration. Although these divisions persist, the battle lines are not as black and white as they were in the past. Reading Like A Historian. The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry.

Reading Like A Historian

Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. Library of Congress Home. Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics. Historypin. Smithsonian.