A Mighty Long Way Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

'A Mighty Long Way' details the experiences of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to integrate Central High School. Use these discussion questions to guide your middle or high school students in meaningful conversations about the book.

A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier

This riveting memoir gives the reader a firsthand view of the difficulties and successes faced by one of the Little Rock Nine students who helped integrate Central High School in Arkansas. Throughout the book, details about LaNier's family, as well as her fellow students, bring history to life.

After the reading, use these discussion questions with your middle or high school students to spur meaningful conversations about the historical context, genre, and themes of this book. You may want to use these questions to host a whole-class discussion or provide a list of questions to student teams. Additionally, consider asking students to select one or more questions to craft a written response for use as a summative assessment.

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