The Story of Ruby Bridges - A Secondhand Account

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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.

Narrative

Introduction of Essential Question

10 minutes

To begin our lesson, I will introduce the essential question for our unit to the students.

What are the  similarities and differences in the firsthand account and the secondhand account of the story of Ruby Bridges?

I will ask the students if they have heard of Ruby Bridges and know who she is.  I will let them know that we will be reading two books about Ruby Bridges.  The first book we will read is written by Robert Coles.  The next book is written by Ruby Bridges herself.  We will be looking at the similarities and differences between these firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same events.

Coles, R. (1995). The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York, NY : Scholastic Inc.

The Story of Ruby Bridges

20 minutes

Next, we will read "The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles.  I will project it using the document camera and have the class read along with me.  Before we begin, I will inform the students that Ruby Bridges is one of my heroes.  I will ask them to be looking for clues in the text as to why she is one of my heroes.  This is a powerful story and we will pause frequently to discuss the story as we read.  When we finish the book, I will ask the students if they were able to come up with evidence they found in the text as to why Ruby Bridges is a hero.

Coles, R. (1995). The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York, NY : Scholastic Inc.

Summarizing the Text

15 minutes

Now that we have read and discussed "The Story of Ruby Bridges," I will ask the students to write a brief summary of the text.  Their summaries should include the main idea and supporting details from the text.

A Timeline of Events

20 minutes

As a closing activity for this lesson, I will have the students work in small groups to produce a timeline of events from the story.  

FIrst, we will discuss as a class the structure of the text.  Once we have agreed that the overall structure is chronology, I will divide the students into groups of five or six to create a timeline of events from the story.  We will use large strips of colored butcher paper to create our timelines.  Once each group has finished the timelines, I will have each group explain the events they included on their timeline.