Who was Rosa Parks? (Black History Month Novel Study)
Black History Month Resource:

Connect American History and literature by reading the novel Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, ultimately starting the Montgomery bus boycott. Her devotion and determination helped launch nationwide efforts to end segregation of public facilities.

Students will learn about Rosa Park’s role in the NAACP and her contributions to equality in the United States. Rosa Park’s story of courage will enthrall your students and inspire them to learn more about influential Black Americans.

Who Was Rosa Parks? novel study contains nine pages of higher level thinking comprehension questions with an answer key and nine extension activities focusing on vocabulary.

Included in this Black History Month novel study are:

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9 Pages of Comprehension Questions with an Answer Key

9 Pages of Extension Activities – Black History Vocabulary Focus
*KWL – Who Was Rosa Parks?
*Vocabulary Match Up – Ku Klux Klan
*Vocabulary Illustrations – The Role of the Black Church
*Sentence and Synonyms – NAACP
*Fill it In – Jim Crow Laws
*Break it Down – Brown vs. Board of Education
*Vocabulary Study – We Shall Overcome
*Multiple Choice – Martin Luther King Jr. & Nelson Mandela
*Frayer Model – Claudette Colvin & Eleanor Roosevelt
*Fill in the Blank – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 & Malcom X

Students will study the following vocabulary words: Ku Klux Klan, minorities, veteran, Confederate Army, American Civil War, customs, minister, civil rights, founded, lynching, racial, denied, segregation, Jim Crow Laws, minstrel, skit, law, integration, overcome, Apartheid, resistance, sit-ins, nonviolent, civil disobedience, withdrew, milestones, race, equal, slave, symbolize, vote

Happy Learning!

Renee Smalley
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Created: Aug 18, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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