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Lesson Plan

Seeing Integration From Different Viewpoints

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Karen Foster

Sedalia, Missouri


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Scholastic, 1995)

  • Colored markers for use on overhead projector and charts

  • Chartboard

  • Sticky notes

  • Colored construction paper

  • Scissors

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1. Transfer the cover of The Story of Ruby Bridges and the Teacher's Model of Five Decision Lenses onto an overhead transparency or scan it onto a Smart Board.

2. Make a transparency of the Possible Sentences for The Story of Ruby Bridges handout and a paper copy for each student.

3. Make a paper copy of Description of Decision Lenses and Teacher's Model of Five Decision Lenses for each student in the class.

4. Make a transparency and five paper copies of each of the following handouts:
5. Divide the class into five groups, assigning a leader for each group. Using 8 x 11 inch pieces of construction paper, cut out gray, yellow, orange, green, and blue glasses. Cut out the circle inside of each lens and make enough of each color so that all the students in each group have one to wear.

6. Make a chart that describes the kind of information associated with each color of glasses. The different lenses can be categorized as follows:
  • Gray glasses: Seeing from a negative viewpoint

  • Yellow glasses: Seeing from a positive viewpoint

  • Orange glasses: Seeing from an emotional viewpoint

  • Green glasses: Seeing from a factual viewpoint

  • Blue glasses: Seeing from a "the-sky-is-the-limit" viewpoint

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