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Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
|Grades||5 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
On her bus ride home from work on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sat in the first row of the "colored section." The bus was crowded, and when asked to give up her seat for a white person, she refused and was arrested.
Parks died on October 24, 2005 at her home in Detroit.
Rosa Parks clearly broke the law when she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person. As educators, we teach citizenship to students. Laws are made to benefit society and should be followed by all. In the case of Parks, your students will likely agree that the law was unjust and her actions were justified.
Ask your students to make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about the arrest of Parks. Invite them to write newspaper editorials explaining their points of view about the current segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
Students can visit the Scholastic website to find interesting and easy-to-read information about Rosa Parks, including an interview with her.
- Rosa Parks Interview
Read an interview with Rosa Parks courtesy of the Academy of Achievement.
- Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Tolerance.org offers educators a free curriculum kit for the classroom that revisits this familiar historical event. The kit includes a teaching guide, with classroom activities tied to the story of Rosa Parks.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students select, read about, and report on a hero and then identify how their hero matches certain criteria and characteristics. Hero reports are then compiled into a class book.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will love unwrapping this lesson about before, during, and after reading activities based on Margaree King Mitchell’s book, Grandaddy’s Gift.
Grades 3 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students analyze the concepts of identity, stereotyping, and discrimination by reading picture books; identify how these concepts are dealt with in each book; and discuss concrete actions to stop discrimination.
Grades 5 – 9 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students read and discuss a selection of poems from Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming to explore varying views on the process of desegregation in America.