Giving your learners enough background knowledge is very important for their complete understanding. Before the lesson, discuss with your students that they are about to meet a little girl in the story that is very much like them. However, this little girl lived a long time ago, over 50 years ago. This little girl's name is Ruby Bridges, and she didn't have the rights and or privileges we do.
Ruby Bridges was an African-American who was born in Mississippi to a family that was very poor. Her parents worked hard to provide for her, but there were many nights that there was nothing to eat for dinner. At the age of 4, Ruby and her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where her parents obtained better jobs.
In 1960, the treatment of African-Americans was not equal to that of whites. Black children attended different and separate schools than white children. While it was illegal to treat African Americans different than other people, much of the south didn't comply with these laws
Tell your students that you are going to read them a story about when the laws were changed and sometimes change; even good change is not easy.
- Create an Anchor chart to chart your thinking as you read Ruby Bridges.
When – Over 50 years ago
What- History Changed
Where- New Orleans *Show on the American map
How- You will chart the story of Ruby Bridges on the (How of What) How did Ruby Bridges change with History.
*** You will fill in the What and How part the most. Sequence the How as Beginning, Middle and End or Sequence if you have higher learners First, Then, Next...