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The Story of Ruby Bridges
Ruby Bridges' walk into the William Franz Elementary broke racial barriers and propelled the Civil Rights Movement forward.
Separate But Equal - Is It Black or White?
The story of Ruby Bridges and the case of Brown vs. The Board of Education are fantastic tools for discussing the concept of separate but equal. Kids tackle some big questions about what is fair, what is civil, and what rights or laws were put into place after these two historical events occurred. They view a video, read about Ruby Bridges, compose journal entries, have a round table discussion, and act out scenarios that show what "separate but equal" is or is not.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Ruby Bridges. For this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Lessons in Courage: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges
First graders discover the contributions of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in the Civil Rights Movement. Books and recordings are used to help students explain how important they were in the movement.
The Story of Ruby Bridges
Students research Ruby Bridges and discuss differences they have with their classmates while also discussing their equality. In this Ruby Bridges lesson plan, students also write about a character word that describes Ruby, and create an artwork.
Connecting with Ruby Bridges
Students read books about Ruby Bridges and write in a double entry journal. In this Ruby Bridges lesson plan, students discuss the books they have read and make personal connections to Ruby.
Lesson 1: Real People
A biography is a factual book or narrative about a real person. The book, The Story of Ruby Bridges is used to introduce non-fiction texts about real people and event to a Kindergarten class. A chart is used to highlight text features and facts from the story such as, important names, dates, and places. To conclude the lesson learners will state one fact from the book and explain how that fact lets them know the book is a biography.
The Journey to Civil Rights
Students explore Civil Rights. In this Civil Rights lesson, students read about Ruby Bridges and define the words segregation and supremacy. Students make a timeline of important events in Civil Rights and write a paragraph about why the Civil Rights Movement was so important.
Pupils think about differences and equality as they compare their life to that of Ruby Bridges.
Ruby Bridges: One Little Girl's Brave Act
Second graders examine the life of Ruby Bridges. For this bravery lesson, 2nd graders read the story of Ruby Bridges and discuss Ruby's actions and decisions.
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Robert Coles’ The Story of Ruby Bridges forms the basis of this powerful cross-curricular study of civic education and civic responsibility. Class members consider how the book presents authority, responsibility, justice, and privacy.. Although part of a unit plan, this detailed lesson can stand alone and would work with any grade level. Photograph Analysis Guide and photographs for analysis are included.
Social Studies: Civil Rights Unit: Grade 1
First graders discuss civil rights. In this civil rights unit, the student analyzes the roles of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges in the African American Civil Rights movement. They discuss which activist they feel contributed the most to the movement.
The Journey to Civil Rights
Learners explore several significant figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement and sequence the key events to create a timeline. The activity utilizes the story, "The Story of Ruby Bridges," the work of Robert Coles to introduce the concepts.
Realizing the Dream: Lesson 10
Sixth graders look at the struggle for social justice. In this justice activity, 6th graders listen to the story of Ruby Bridges and what she overcame. They use the Internet to go to the Little Rock Central High anniversary website to see photos and historic videos.
Melba Pattillo and Ruby Bridges: Two Heroes of School Integration
Learners put themselves in the shoes of students who integrated Little Rock High School in 1957-58. Note: The primary resources in this activity provide powerful and poignant descriptions of what those students faced.
The Makings of a Great Leader: The Childhood of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Young scholars examine why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered to be such a great man, by listening to the many anecdotes about his experiences. In this Martin Luther King, Jr. lesson, students read the story about Ruby Bridges and compare and contrast the two men.
The Problem We Still Live With?
Students analyze and discuss the Norman Rockwell painting, The Problem We All Live With, and the Brown V. Board of Education decision. They examine the personal history of Ruby Bridges, and debate the current state of segregation in U.S. schools.
Dr. King's Leadership and Character
Focusing on Martin Luther King Jr, this lesson explores the qualities of a leader. First, learners listen to a story about Ruby Bridges. Then, they discuss the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Finally, they discuss the characteristics of a good leader.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Sixth graders watch a video about Rosa Parks and her role in the Civil Rights Movement. They listen to a read aloud of "The Story of Ruby Bridges" and compare Ruby's experiences with those of Rosa Parks. They complete a computer based quiz before writing a tribute to Rosa Parks.
Surviving the Struggle: Ruby Bridges, Ryan White, and Anne Frank
Fourth graders develop a deeper understanding of Anne Frank's survival. They select significant subject matter for a family photo album, write photo captions expressing feelings as well as facts, and sequence material in a logical, meaningful manner.