High School Curricular Resources

High School Curricular Resources

High School Educational Exploration Opportunities at the Clinton Library/Museum:

(Ninth – Twelfth Grade based on Course)


Digital Library Exhibit (DLE)

“As a young person growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, I have many fond memories of the time I spent in the Garland County Library. As a student in high school and college, my love for learning was fostered and enhanced by all the resources I made use of in the libraries where I studied. Today the library is not only a special place for me but for my family as well.” – President William J. Clinton

The DLE is a web-based platform for students and teachers to visit archives and museums without leaving the classroom. This virtual field trip allows students and teachers to examine primary source materials including documents, videos, photographs, and museum objects. Students will have the ability to research topics using these primary source documents related to a particular exhibit topic.


Commemorating Courage: 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High

This online exhibit revisits the history of the 1957 Central High crisis through select quotes from President Clinton’s remarks at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration, an examination of the speechwriting process required to craft these remarks, documents, and images from the archives at the Clinton Library.  The exhibit also provides links to additional historical materials maintained by other institutions.

In September 2017, we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  As someone who remembered the event as a child, and as President during the 40th Anniversary Commemoration, President Clinton holds a special connection to this history.

Speechwriters met with President Clinton to craft a message that would commemorate the sacrifice and courage of the Little Rock Nine and inspire those who heard the message to step out in similar acts of courage. The writers addressed the failures of a system of government that attempted to exclude individuals from the American Dream and resolved that America would only ever truly be great if everyone had equal access to opportunities.

Activity Suggestions

  • Compare Speech drafts on the “What happened here” page to the actual speech
  • In groups of two or three write a recommendation for award of the Congressional Gold Medal for an outstanding citizen that deserves recognition, and create a medal based on their accomplishment use the “We must all thank them” as a guide.
  • Research a site (not already listed on the national registry) that may have significant historical value and write a recommendation for preserving it on the National Historic Registry just as President Clinton’s administration did, “Honor those who made it possible”

Arkansas Department of Education Standards

(Hyperlinks to Frameworks Documents)

Bill Clinton and Little Rock Nine


Education Reform – Invest More, Demand More

Here students and teachers will find a wealth of materials related to the Goals 2000: Educate America Act that President Clinton signed in February 1994. Goals 2000 was an educational reform initiative that began in Arkansas while he was governor.

Students in debate will find the education reform collection of particular significance as preparations begins for the 2017/18 National Speech and Debate Association Policy topic: “EDUCATION REFORM Resolved:  The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States”.

Activity Suggestions

  • President Clinton received a copy of the book Bearstone, have students read the book then select one of the following projects to summarize the book as an oral presentation
    • A dust cover for the book based on their interpretation – students redesign the dustcover
    • Lunch bag book talk with three items that relate to the book and why
    • Create a rap song that summarizes the book in song
    • President Clinton made changes in education in Arkansas and across the nation; have students look at some of these on “Achievements in Arkansas Education Reform” page and “Goals 2000“ page, then have students brainstorm current education policies and create a “bill” to submit to the federal government to improve education;
    • Debate – Have students process the documents contained within the archival records to create and cut debate cards on education reform. *Debate 2017/18 Education Reform Topic

Arkansas Department of Education Standards

(Hyperlinks to Frameworks Documents)


The Rock and Roll Beat: Musicians and White House Related Events

This exhibit contains photos and documents from the Clinton Digital Library highlighting some of the most popular musical artists of the 20th Century. Featured artists include Fleetwood Mac, U2, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and David Bowie. Growing up, President Clinton loved music, especially Rock and Roll of the ’50’s and ’60’s. As President, he once stated that “one of the nice things about being President was that nearly anyone would come perform for him.” President Clinton delighted in meeting and getting to know the talented musicians of his generation.

Activity Suggestions (Links)

Arkansas Department of Education Standards

(Hyperlinks to Frameworks Documents)


Quick Links to Resources

Biographical Information

Learn about the lives of President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton from their childhoods to the present.

Biography of William J. Clinton

Audience: 4th grade – adult

Biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Audience: 4th grade – adult

Photo Galleries

View official presidential images, family photos and candid pictures of the Clintons.

Video Galleries

Watch President Clinton deliver some of his most famous speeches from his presidency.

Radio Addresses

Listen to President Clinton’s weekly radio addresses from 1993 to 1996.