Ruby Bridges: A True Story Of A First-Grade Girl

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Ruby Bridges is a true story of a first-grade girl who became one of the first African American students to attend an all-white school, William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Every day as she walked to school, she faced an angry white mob who also kept their children from attending the same school. Ruby bravely walked through the crowds every day and her teacher discovers the incredible strength of this little girl. Students who read this book will understand historical inequalities and about Ruby Bridges brave fight for equal education. This book can be read for grades 1-5. I would read this book during a social studies unit about black history and famous Americans that changed society. Activities would include a bubble map to describe Ruby and write a friendly letter to Ruby stating if they thought she was brave for what she had done. This book draws an emotional and personal connection.

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