Top 20 Tips for using Encyclopedia of Arkansas for Student Research & Teacher Lesson Plans

Arkansas History and Culture at Your Fingertips, The Butler Center at Your Service. 

This document is a step-by-step guide to using resources collections at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies for teaching research and citation skills. The guide introduces researchers to web-based exhibits at the Butler Center website and to advanced searching techniques in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas..

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Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School9-12 High School

Category: Tools for teaching

Student produced content: Elizabeth Eckford

Rachel Gibson attended a talk by Ruby Bridges at Harding University on February 2, 2017 where she met Elizabeth Eckford in the audience. Students at Harding and at area public schools who also attended the evening program were invited to share their responses to the stories they heard that evening as part of the Civil Rights Memory Project at Little Rock Central High, sponsored by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library.

Creator: Rachel Gibson, Harding University

Time Period: World War II Through the Civil Rights Era 1941-1967

Location: Pulaski County

Lesson plans: Preserving the Past with Oral History 2016

Students will research local history by conducting oral history interviews and organize their thoughts and conclusions into a project or paper.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plans: As Much As The Water: How Steamboats Shaped Arkansas

Objectives: Students will evaluate the effect of the steamboat on transportation. Students will analyze the impact of the steamboat on Arkansas. Students will use drawings and photographs of Arkansas steamboats to gain an understanding of their use.

Creator: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Geographic: Mississippi Alluvial Plain

Location: Crittendon County

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Lesson plans: Analyzing Political Cartoons: An Arkansas Perspective

The students will be able to identify components used by political cartoonists to clarify their point of view such as irony, exaggeration, symbolism, labeling, and stereotyping. Additionally, the students will identify different interpretations of political cartoons.

Creator: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

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Lesson plan: Face it to fix it

Students will take a modified form of the Racial Attitudes in Pulaski County that was administered by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Students will then compare and contrast the responses to their survey questions from the actual survey.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

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Lesson plan: Bears and panthers aplenty, Early settlers make a home in Arkansas

Students will study and examine the Southwest Trail as described in “Bears and Panthers Aplenty”, Chapter II of Bandits, bears, and backaches.

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time Period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

Creator: Butler Center

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