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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.
3rd - 12th English Language Arts
Take a Walk in Their Shoes: Great Leaders of Our Time
Research the characteristics of leaders who have used nonviolence to change society. The class then applies this information to their own community to find leaders with these same characteristics, creating a wall collage of pictures and words that demonstrate attributes of successful leaders.
2nd - 5th Social Studies & History
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.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History
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.
K English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Social Studies: Civil Rights Unit: Grade 1
First graders discuss civil rights. For 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.
1st Social Studies & History
Realizing the Dream: Lesson 10
Sixth graders look at the struggle for social justice. In this justice lesson plan, 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.
6th English Language Arts
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.
K - 1st English Language Arts
The Makings of a Great Leader: The Childhood of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students 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.
2nd - 5th Social Studies & History
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
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.
4th Social Studies & History
Lights, Camera, Action: Unit 1 Task 4
Seventh graders begin prepping for a final project that will result in a collaborative 3-5 minute skit. They begin by reading and researching multiple aspects of one of three Civil Rights events; Ruby Bridges, Greensboro Sit it, or the Vietnam War.
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed