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Ruby Bridges' walk into the William Franz Elementary broke racial barriers and propelled the Civil Rights Movement forward.
Pupils complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Ruby Bridges. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
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.
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.
Students think about differences and equality as they compare their life to that of Ruby Bridges.
Second graders examine the life of Ruby Bridges. In this bravery lesson, 2nd graders read the story of Ruby Bridges and discuss Ruby's actions and decisions.  
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 plan learners will state one fact from the book and explain how that fact lets them know the book is a biography.
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.
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. 
Sixth graders look at the struggle for social justice. In this justice lesson, 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. 
  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.   
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.
Learners put themselves in the shoes of learners 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.
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.
Students observe and record differences among their classmates while participating in activities that promote thinking and enhancing social skills. They then demonstrate the the meaning equality and its importance in each of their lives
Learners explore school integration issues. In this Civil Rights Movement activity, students read Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges and school integration and then write reflections about difficult experiences.
Students explore language arts by reading a children's book in class. In this story vocabulary lesson plan, students read the book The Story of Ruby Bridges and identify the use of specific vocabulary words. Students define the selected vocab words and utilize them in a word play activity.
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 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.
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. Individuals will then write a detailed description and create a poster for one community leader. An extensive bibliography provides internet links and books the teacher can use as resources. 

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