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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Jeffrey, Gary (Author)
Gareth Stevens 2013. 24 pages
First published: 2013
Series: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement
ISBN: 9781433974991 (hardcover)
9781433975004 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 323
Book type: Graphic Text
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character, characterization, point of view, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The story of this historic event begins when Rosa Parks protests the racism of her bus driver, the bus company policy and Alabama State law. Children will be captivated by this graphic style representation of a watershed moment in history.

Concise captions are enriched by dialogue, such as “Look, woman, I told you I wanted the seat,” and thought balloons, “I’ve had enough of being treated this way. Enough is enough.” Full-colour drawings use bold, inked lines to create classic comic-style depictions of gesture and expression. Settings, clothing and vehicles offer a visual history lesson on 1950s America. As boycotters carry goods on foot, the twisted faces of city shopkeepers show anger, fear and worry. This small book sends a big message to young readers: if one brave soul refuses to accept injustice, she can spark action, pride and triumph for a whole community.

An engaging introduction is illustrated with historic photographs and discusses important facts about Rosa Parks’s background and the general political climate in Alabama at the time. Endnotes also help put the events portrayed in a larger perspective. A glossary and index are included.

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    Talk about the power of a committed group of people and how they can effect change.

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    Compare Rosa Parks and other Black History heroes to see how they contributed to the advancement of Black people in the world.

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    Create a poster highlighting the actions and contributions of Rosa Parks.

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    Write a journal entry as if you were Rosa Parks, written just before or just after the day she refused to change her seat.

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    Browse through the table of contents, glossary and index. What do these parts of the book tell us?

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    What was life like for Black Americans in Montgomery, Alabama? Find examples of segregation in the story. What would you have done in Parks' place? What is the “power of one”?

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    Retell Rosa’s story to a student in another grade.

  •  Research the NAACP. Take notes about its inception, mission and the ongoing significance of its existence. Compare your work with a partner’s before discussing the topic as a class.
  •  While you read, create both a chronological timeline of events and a character map of Rosa Parks.
  •  Research other heroes mentioned in the book (e.g. E.D. Nixon, Martin Luther King). Add them to a Heroes bulletin board.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship