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Is Racism Dead?

  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
    Current Events, History, U.S. History, Sociology


9-12, Advanced

Brief Description

Students investigate events surrounding the integration of Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School and explore racial harmony in their own school. Included: A survey to determine whether racism is dead at your school.



  • explore the events of 1957 and 1958 at Little Rock High School.
  • conduct a survey of racial harmony at their school.
  • create a graph displaying the results of the survey.
  • discuss racial attitudes today.


awareness, graph, graphing, harmony, integration, Little Rock, Little Rock Central High School, racial, racism, school, social, survey

Materials Needed


  • computer with Internet access
  • print and/or online resources about school integration in Little Rock, Arkansas, such as School Integration in Little Rock, Arkansas and Little Rock Central High 40th Anniversary
  • Education World Racial Harmony Survey

    Lesson Plan

    Explain to students that they will explore Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School in 1957-1958 and today, and then learn about the experiences of students in their own school in relation to racial interaction.

    • Have students use print and online resources to explore events surrounding the integration of Little Rock's Central High School.
    • Encourage students to visit the Little Rock Central High 40th Anniversary Web site to learn about the attitude of the school's students in 1957 and today.
    • Encourage students in your class, team, or school to complete anonymously the Education World Racial Harmony Survey. Graph the results.
    • Discuss the results of the survey. Ask: "Does racism exist at our school? If so, what can we do about it?"
    Extension: You might invite students to take the Test for Hidden Bias to learn about their unconscious prejudices.


    Evaluate students' contributions to the class discussion.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Linda Starr

    National Standards

    LANGUAGE ARTS: English







    • GRADES 5 - 12
      NSS-USH.5-12.9 Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to Early 1970s) NSS-USH.5-12.10 Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the Present)

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    Originally published 02/01/2002
    Last updated 2/06/2012