Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades 3-5

Through character trait graphic organizers, a vocabulary sorting activity, class discussion, and a civil rights movement slide show, your young historians will be introduced to the amazing story of Ruby Bridges and her experiences as the first African-American child in a desegregated school.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • For the character traits segment of the lesson, consider providing sentence frames and a word list to support English language acquisition
  • This is an excellent resource to supplement your Black History Month or civil rights movement curriculum
Classroom Considerations
  • Some suggested activities require the text Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges; the lesson can still be adapted to your class; however, if you are not able to gain access to the text
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • All worksheets and activity materials included
  • Designed specifically for several Common Core State Standards
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