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Ruby Bridges – Comprehension Task

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 3 pages | Grades: 4 - 6

Review our profile on 6-year-old civil rights figure Ruby Bridges, and answer questions to reinforce understanding.

Share Ruby Bridges’ Story with Your Students

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about Ruby Bridges. In 1960, this courageous 6-year-old became a symbol of the civil rights movement as the first Black student to integrate into an all-white school in the American South.

In this 2-page worksheet, students will read an informational passage about Ruby and her role in the desegregation of schools. They’ll practice word recognition, decode unknown words and phrases through context clues, and answer 4 reading comprehension questions to confirm they grasp the importance of Ruby’s brave action. 

An answer key is included with this resource for easy grading. 

Ways to Use This Reading Comprehension Activity

This download is more than a worksheet!

In addition to being an inspiring figure to study during Black History Month, use this worksheet as a: 

Sustainability Tips: Print on cardstock and slip the pages into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. You can also project the worksheet and work through it as a class, having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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