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Lesson Plan: Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges, age six, with a wide smile on her face.

Ruby Bridges, age six

United Press International Photograph, Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Introduction

Students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the African American Freedom Struggle through the experiences of Ruby Bridges, a young pioneer in the fight to desegregate schools in the 1960's, and recognize the importance of character and individual action. Through the activities in this lesson, students will explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others’ lives.

Author: 
Marilyn T. Jackson
Subject: 
English Language, U.S. History
Grades: 
K-2
Teaching Standard: 

History/ Social Science 2.5 

Essential Question

What can you do to make the world a better place?

Sub Questions

  • What are civil rights?
  • What are the characteristics of a hero?
  • Why was Ruby Bridges a hero?
  • How can you become a hero?
  • How do heroes make a difference in others’ lives?