Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 8


Unit 4

5th Grade

Lesson 8 of 34


Explain how Ernest uses reasons and evidence to support the idea that you can do a lot more than you think you can. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine  pp. 41 – 49

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Ernest ends with the following advice. 

“You really do have the ability to do a lot more than either you’ve been told or you’ve been led to believe by your surroundings. If given the opportunity, you’d be surprised at how much you can do, and how much you can achieve.” 

What reasons and evidence does Ernest include to support this advice? 

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Key Questions

Key Questions

  • Describe Ernest’s attitude and understanding about going to Central High. 

  • Ernest describes integrating Central High as “no day at the beach.” What does he mean by this? 

  • Explain the relationship between the paratroops and the Little Rock Nine’s ability to enter Central High. Would they have been able to enter without them? 

  • Why did conditions in the school go from being “tranquil” to “trench warfare”? 

  • Ernest says their “nonviolence was an act of logic.” Do you agree or disagree? 

  • What happened to white kids who tried to speak out against the segregationists and the way they were treating the Little Rock Nine? 

  • On page 48, Ernest says that it “was a war of nerves, endurance.” What does he mean by this statement? Do you agree or disagree? 

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.5.8 — Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

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