Category: 9-12 High School

Symbols of our state

The goal of this unit is to teach students about the symbols of the State of Arkansas. Depending upon grade level, they will learn about and be able to identify the state flag, insect, tree, beverage, flower, bird, fruit/vegetable, folk dance, instrument, gem, mineral, rock, mammal, and anthem. Students should be able to describe the state seal.


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Sunburnt sons of toil: Arkansas and the Agricultural Wheel

Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of The Agricultural Wheel and the role it played in the life of Arkansas farmers. Students will take this information and create visuals and scenarios detailing the different stages in the Wheel’s creation. Students will use resources for a predetermined task.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:9-12 High School

Time period: Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Step into the past: Change and growth in Arkansas

The goal of this unit is to teach students about the concept of time and change. History is a continuation and exploring this continuation can be revealing and rewarding. Students will get the opportunity to explore their own history, as well as history in the state. They will also learn to apply reading skills, especially sequencing of events.


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Sunburns and sore muscles: Working to save the farm during the Great Depression

Students will utilize prior knowledge, information from Race Relations in the Natural State (Chapters 1-10), and research using text or media entries in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture to compare the race relations of African Americans to Hispanics in the United States and Arkansas and complete a teacher defined

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period:Early 20th Century 1901-1940;


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Sportman’s paradise? How the rediscovery and conservation of the the Ivory-billed Woodpecker could affect the Arkansas Tourism and Recreation Industry

Through the study of the assumed extinction and rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, students will analyze the economic changes the rediscovery and conservation efforts could cause in the state of Arkansas and complete a writing prompt for further analysis and opinion. Students will use organizational strategies for recording and synthesizing information.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period:Modern Era 1968 to Present

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Southern flood blues: The Great Flood of 1927

Students will begin the lesson by analyzing primary and secondary information and placing that information into a graphic organizer. Students will then read articles regarding the treatment of African-Americans during the flood and discuss how this treatment led to the founding of the Delta Blues movement across the country. Students will take this information and apply it to their own place and time.


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Scale the Mountain

The goal of the lesson is to finalize a study on scale drawings. Students will use their prior knowledge of topography to create scale drawings. Use of Arkansas maps makes this an Arkansas History lesson.

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School

Time period:Modern Era 1968 to Present

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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Red River Campaign (a.k.a. The Camden Expedition)

Students will research and analyze the Red River Expedition in Arkansas during the American Civil War utilizing both primary and secondary sources, if available. Students will identify the location of a particular battle in Arkansas on a map from the Red River Campaign. Students will present their “battle” report to the rest of the class.


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