Fifth Graders Study Civil Rights Fight for School Integration

Today, our scholars in Ms. Deas’ and Ms. Kiernan’s fifth-grade class continued learning about Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools as unconstitutional. They read from multiple sources and incorporated vocabulary words in their discussion. They also learned about the Little Rock Nine, who faced racism and threats of violence as the first black students enrolled at a formerly all-white high school in 1957 Arkansas. The lesson is part of a larger ELA unit on the civil rights movement. “Our students are learning how to be good citizens,” Ms. Deas said. “We focus on their character development in addition to them learning the A B C’s.”

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