Learn about and discuss activist Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott with this 15-slide read-along PowerPoint presentation.
Share Rosa Parks’ Story in Images & Text
Through this shared reading activity, your primary students will learn about Black American activist Rosa Parks and her role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Students will read along with the presentation and make logical inferences. Then they will cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Shared Reading Activity How-To
Use this teaching presentation in a guided reading group or whole-class setting. Students can follow along on their own devices or using your smartboard or other projection devices.
Read the text aloud, stopping to ask the sample questions we have included in the notes section of each slide. Then, reread the text and allow your students to join in with the reading.
After completing the reading component, independently or as a group, students will use the information gathered to describe what they believe in standing up for and draw a picture of their actions.
A complete set of instructions on using this shared reading and activity is included.
Scaffolding & Extension Suggestions
Use this primary-level reading exercise during Black History Month in February or when students are working on activities or classwork that has to do with:
- Women’s History Month
- Civil rights movement
- American history
- Biographies & historical figures
Solidify your students’ understanding of Rosa Parks’s fight for equality with more activities like these:
🧠 Pre-Lesson Activity
Assign this presentation as independent reading at home or before starting the lesson as a class. Ask students to make notes about what they learned, words they don’t know, or topics that need clarification.
🗣️ Turn & Talk
As they read, ask students to write questions on a separate sheet of paper during shared reading time. Then put students into groups of 3 or 4 to help each other answer their questions.
🧑🏫 Be the Teacher
As a post-lesson activity, ask students what they would put on a quiz if they were the teacher. Challenge students to write a 5-question quiz using the information in the presentation. Then have them trade papers with another student to take the quiz.
Preparing This Resource for Your Students
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A Historic Movement – Teaching Presentation
Introduce your students to the origins of Black History Month with this 13-slide PowerPoint presentation.
Craft an illustrated timeline for students to visually explore 6 events in Rosa Parks’s life.
Introduce students to the people and events of the American civil rights movement with this 17-slide PowerPoint presentation.
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