Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Story of Ruby Bridges - A Secondhand Account - Section 5: A Timeline of Events


While the students were working in groups to create their timelines, I had a couple of the groups ask when Ruby Bridges passed away.  When I told them that she was alive and well and would only be about sixty years old, the students were completely shocked.  They had no idea that this kind of injustice could have happened to someone who is still alive today.  I think that students often think this history was in the distant past.  We were able to have a good discussion about how there are still injustices that happen today.  There are still people who treat others unfairly just because of the color of their skin.  I was able to tell them about one of my best friends who is black.  She has shared with me some terrible injustices she has faced very recently.  I told the students that the worst part about people who are prejudice is that they don't even realize they are missing out on getting to know some incredibly amazing people just because all they see is the color of their skin.  

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The Story of Ruby Bridges - A Secondhand Account

Unit 6: Ruby Bridges
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT read, summarize, and create a timeline of events for The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles.

Big Idea: We will take a close look at The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles in this lesson, so that in a future lesson we can compare and contrast this story with a first person account of the same events.

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English / Language Arts, civil rights (U.S. history), Literature, Nonfiction Literature, summarizing, summary, timeline, Ruby Bridges
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