Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades K-2

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A civil rights movement lesson designed specifically with the Common Core State Standards in mind, young learners are introduced to the story of Ruby Bridges as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school. They analyze photographs, write letters to Ruby, role play, and discuss issues of fairness and equality.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • This is the perfect resource to utilize during your observation of Black History Month, the civil rights movement, or Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Classroom Considerations
  • While the slide show does illustrate the progression of events and serves as a great image analysis activity, the instructor will need to supplement with additional background information so students can gain a more clear understanding
  • Consider whether the concept of segregation is an appropriate topic for the level of your students
  • 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
  • Nice variety of writing and primary source analysis activities
  • All worksheets provided (see included materials)
  • Excellent instructional suggestions
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