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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

 

Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Language Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History

Grades

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students dramatize the incident that started the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s: Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Objectives

Students

  • define the word boycott,
  • learn about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott,
  • create a dramatization of Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Keywords

Rosa Parks, Montgomery bus boycott, civil rights movement, Martin Luther King

Materials Needed

  • teacher-selected and/or student-researched resources about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott
  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • student-selected props for the dramatization

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss information about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott from a few of the many sources available in print and online. You may want to start with Rosa Parks: The Story Behind the Bus. One print source to check is the book Rosa Parks: My Story, by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins.
  • Ask students their reactions to Parks's actions. Ask students how they might have responded to the bus driver.
  • Tell students that they are going to create a short play about the historic incident. Have the class work together to write the dialogue and create the props. Give students the necessary time (perhaps several days or longer) to work on the play.
  • Have students present the play to other classes in the school.

Assessment

Evaluate students' participation in the activity and in the play.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

 


Last updated 1/11/2017