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Activity Overview

The Lions of Little Rock takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas during the height of racism in the South and the Civil Rights Movement. Imagine what the headlines looked like back in 1958? In this activity, students will create a newspaper front page describing events that occurred in the novel. Students could also make up a story that they think might occur in Little Rock and write about that. Some important events students could choose from include: Liz having to leave school because she wasn’t white, Red throwing dynamite into Betty Jean’s house, teachers getting fired because of the groups they belong to, the KKK in the town, and so much more.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create the front page of a newspaper, The Little Rock News!, and describe an event from the book, The Lions of Little Rock. You may also write about an event you imagine might happen in Little Rock.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify an event from The Lions of Little Rock or make one up.
  3. Write a captivating headline.
  4. Add appropriate characters, items and scenes to create at least one appealing picture on the front page that helps illustrate your event.
  5. Write a description of the story in the text boxes.
  6. Save and exit when you're done.


  1. Headline.
  2. Picture(s)
  3. Minimum one paragraph to describe the event.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/1] Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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