The kids and I spent quite a bit of time on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. We read a number of books together and also watched two movies that helped bring these events alive.
I made a few notebook pages for their history notebooks that you are welcome to download if you find them useful. They are free.:
BOOKS: There are lots of books about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Here are some of the books we read together:
I liked A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (affiliate link) by Robert Casilla — This one gave some good background (and pictures) of the Jim Crow Laws, KKK — and went on to explain her work with the NAACP, her arrest, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the bus boycott.
I also really liked Rosa (affiliate link)by Nikki Giovanni because it explained the risk Jo Ann Robinson took printing out the flyers and explained how Martin Luther King, Jr. was chosen to speak for them. It included information that isn’t as commonly known.
If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks (affiliate link) — This is definitely aimed at a younger elementary audience.
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation (affiliate link)- A blues inspired tribute about the boycott
I Am Rosa Parks (affiliate link) — A good book for young readers to read to themselves.
MOVIES: We watched two movies about these events. The kids liked them both.
The Rosa Parks Story (affiliate link)
The Long Walk Home (affiliate link)
**Civil Rights Movement Lessons (Free Packet) – In some ways this is the core of what I want the kids to learn from this unit… what are rights? What is the difference between someone’s rights and a privilege? What is it like to be a part of a group? When can it be hard/painful to be left out? Judging people by what they look like. The power of speeches. This is a 13 page packet of discussion questions and lesson ideas on all that and terms like prejudice, bias, racism, etc.
**Free Civil Rights Packet: Timeline of Events Leading to the Civil Rights Movement — This packet covers the 350 year history prior to the Civil Rights Era. It also includes several pages of photos so kids can make their own timeline.
**Civil Rights Movement: School Integration, Sit-Ins and Selma — books and movies my kids loved
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