Evaluating Contrary Interpretations
U.S. History | Historical Thinking
By Keith A. Erekson
Glory Road (2006) features a scene in which Coach Haskins sits the team down before the game and tells them he will start five black players to make a statement about civil rights. In his memoir, Haskins tells a different story (pp. 179-182). What are the differences? Which is most reliable?
Key Words and Terms
U.S. History | Understanding
By Tina Collins
In order to broaden student understanding of American civil rights, students should understand the following key words: segregation, Jim Crow, civil rights, civil rights leaders, civil rights movements, Civil Rights Act of 1966; basketball, college sports; Don Haskins, Texas Western Miners. The terms could be used on flash cards or in a game of charades.
Stereotypes and Stories
U.S. History | Culture
By Alan Ventura
Stereotypes are used by societies to explain cultural differences. During the 19th century, white Americans created “Tom,” a caricature that portrayed African Americans as childlike, ignorant, docile, groveling, and harmless. How could slavery be wrong, argued its proponents, if black African-Americans were happy and loyal? What is the role of stereotypes in society? Why were the members of college team sports all white? What stereotypes exist in the 21st century?
Mapping the 1966 Team
Geography | Social and Cultural Patterns
By Hunter Nix
Using the information in The Road to Glory online museum and an outline map of the United States, mark the following locations: El Paso, the hometown of each member of the 1966 team, the location of every school that played the Miners in the 1965-66 season. What patterns emerge? Are there differences between where the Miners grew up and where the opponent schools were located? How might geographical differences have impacted the teams’ experiences?
Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
English Composition | Film Analysis
By Karina Calderon
Cinematic movies—like Glory Road (2006)—are created as a source of entertainment, not as a source of accurate historical and/or factual information. After conducting research in The Road to Glory online museum, students will watch the film, taking notes on logical, emotional, and ethical appeals. Who is the film’s audience? Is the film accurate? Does it meet the expectations of the audience?
Re-Enacting Don Haskins’ Defensive Drills
Physical Education | Basketball
By Keith A. Erekson
One of the early cultural stereotypes about African American athletes was that they were lazy. The 1966 team, however, was renowned for its defensive abilities. Haskins and his team made a film about defense. Can you perform the drills? How important is teamwork?
All Subjects | Attention Grabber
By Joseph Leff
Distribute a blank bracket from the 1966 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and invite students to guess the outcomes. After students have attempted to fill out their brackets, show the actual results. See how close the students can get in guessing the tournament results.