Social Studies/Reading Comprehension
Goal: to form an initial understanding of what has been read.
Objective: the students will be able to identify or infer important characters, settings, problems, events, relationships and details of the story.
Step 1: The students will read the story aloud together with teacher.
Step 2: Answer Questions
1. How old was Ruby Bridges when she went to her new school?
2. What was the name of the school?
3. Before Ruby attended William Frantz School, how many African Americans students were enrolled there?
4. After Ruby started attending the William Frantz School how many students were still there?
5. How do you think Ruby felt being the only student in her class?
6. In your opinion, why did Ruby stop eating her lunch? What would you have done in that situation?
Activity # 1
1. The students will watch the video of the Ruby Bridges story.
2. The students will then draw and color the events in sequential order. Each picture will have a one line caption underneath.
Activity #2 - Memory Recall
Teacher will introduce a photo or print of the artist Norman Rockwell's famous painting called The Problem We All Live With. The painting shows Ruby in a white dress, school bag, and white bow in her hair being escorted by federal marshals into school. The students will preview the picture for five minutes. Then they'll draw what they saw onto drawing paper. Discussion of the painting will be conducted after activity is completed.
Activity #3 - Watch the movie: Separate But Equal on Video