I chose to introduce the topic of the Civil Rights Movement by giving my students a Pre-test. I chose 11 vocabulary words from the book "The Bus Ride that Changed History: the story of Rosa Parks" by Pamela Duncan Edwards. I then had them tell me what they thought the words meant and to write two paragraphs about either the Civil Rights Movement or Rosa Parks. I then read the book to them.
My student's knowledge is very sketchy. As I graded the papers my favorite answer for "boycott" was "some kind of bed" (boy + cot). This unit of study should give them an opportunity to expand their knowledge.
Next week's lesson will be the e-learning adventure from the National Civil Rights Movement Museum "Before the Boycott: Riding the Bus". (See screen shot to the left.)
I often share a picture book and ask my students to listen as a writer. What techniques did the writer use? What story structure did they incorporate or borrow from? When I ask them to write I ask them to experiment with some of these strategies.
Before the Boycott is designed for middle school students to use individually. I am using it with my fifth graders as a whole class activity. Projecting it with an LCD projector and having the students use individual whiteboards to answer the questions. The Museum used primary sources (photo's) to develop their e-adventure, they also include a teacher section.
There are two other books that I will use in class. The first is "If a Bus Could Talk" by Faith Ringgold. This book is a Reading Rainbow book. It is a great tool to show how an author can take a real event and fictionalize it. The second book is "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The illustrations are rich additions to the story. I really enjoy using Visual Thinking Strategies with this book.
Visual Thinking Strategies use the following questions to help students explore artwork.
- What do you see in this picture?
- What else can you find?
- What's going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?