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Famous People: Rosa Parks

Read about Rosa Parks and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Learn the truth behind some of the myths surrounding her story. Includes biographies, photographs, and interviews. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil Rights Movement and famous black Americans.


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Use the Library of Congress' materials for photographs, documents, and other primary sources.
This lesson plan involves research and writing to create a commemorative poster. Online links for research and discussion questions are given.
NPR provides audio interviews with Rosa Parks. Additional links and websites related to Rosa Parks are provided.
This site provides a video interview with Rosa Parks. Additional links provide a background essay about Rosa Parks and discussion questions.
Use this unit to introduce students to important historical people. Group work, research, and writing assist students in learning facts and dispelling myths.
The classroom activity involves research about Rosa Parks and writing about her actions. Several links with videos with Rosa Parks are provided.
Use this novel study of the autobiography of Rosa Parks. Activities include a genre lesson on autobiographies, author's purpose and determining fact and fiction in text.
Read a biography of Rosa Parks on this student-created website.
Click on "Enter" to learn more about Rosa Parks and see pictures of the bus that she was arrested on.
This page has a short biography of Rosa Parks.
The Rosa Parks series includes Rosa Parks' experience, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Civil Rights Movement. Read an interview with Rosa Parks. Click on the orange "Online Publishing" link to send in your own thoughts about Rosa. You can also read comments sent in from other students.
View a photograph of Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955. Click on the image to see an enlarged version.
Students can learn about the life and accomplishments of Rosa Parks with this lesson plan.
These sites give biographical information on African Americans. See paintings and photographs and take an online quiz. eThemes Resources on Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Dred Scoot, and Ruby Bridges are linked.
These sites are about people who fought for human rights, including Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, and more. Read the United Nations' official Declaration of Human Rights. There are links to eThemes Resources on Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, and Dred Scott.
These sites are about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. from 1954-1971. Includes several timelines with the major events of the era explained. Take an online tour of several historical spots. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Greensboro Sit-Ins, Little Rock Central High School, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Read about civil rights leader Malcolm X and a first-hand account of the Freedom Rides of 1961. There are links to eThemes Resources on Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month.

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