This picture book companion is the perfect supplemental resource for Andrea Davis Pinkney’s book, Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation. With 31 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, this resource is ideal for customizing learning to your student’s specific needs and academic ability.
Students will investigate characters, identify story elements, determine the theme, investigate symbolism in color and illustrations, practice plotting story events, analyze characters, and much more! The activities provided are designed to enable students to apply higher-level thinking skills, to encourage students to provide text evidence to support their thinking, and to challenge students to express their own thoughts and/or perspectives.
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It’s the ideal interactive read-aloud for educating students about the civil rights movement, community, qualities of a leader, pride, resilience, standing up for what you believe in, hope, unity, and so much more! It’s a great addition to units on black history, women in history, the civil rights movement, influential people in history, or biographies. Students will love the engaging and fun activities, and you will appreciate the time saved hunting for high-level resources to teach reading concepts that students frequently struggle with.
- Making Predictions – Before reading the book, students will examine the front cover and describe what they see, make predictions about what the book is about, and the questions they think the book might answer.
- Story Elements – Students fill in the boxes with words and pictures to represent the story elements.
- Problem & Solution – Students identify the problem & solution in the story.
- Summarizing – Students complete the Somebody, Wanted, Because, But, So graphic organizer and write a summary of the story.
- Setting Influences the Plot – Students will answer the questions about the setting of the story to gain a better understanding of how a story’s setting helps to build the narrative’s mood, plot, and character development.
- Story Plot – Students organize the events of the story on the graphic organizer (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED).
- Character Inside & Out – Students include details from the story to describe what the character says, thinks, does, and feels.
- Overcoming Obstacles – Students will fill in the T-Chart with physical, emotional, or mental obstacles the character faced and describe their response to those challenges.
- Traits of a Leader – Students determine qualities that strong and impactful leaders possess and provide evidence from the text to support their answers.
- Character Development – Students describe how the character changed and developed throughout the story, state their opinion regarding which event impacted the character the most, and support their thinking with evidence from the text.
- Making Connections – Students make connections to an event from the story.
- Making Inferences – Students use clues and schema to come up with two inferences they made from the text.
- Theme #1 – Students answer the questions to determine which theme best fits the story and provide text evidence to support their choice.
- Theme #2 – Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence.
- Thematic Statements – Students choose the thematic statement that they believe best fits the story and include evidence from the text to support their choice.
- Reader Response Questions – Students will answer multiple-choice and short-answer questions to respond to the text (ANSWER KEY included).
- Symbolism Activity – Students will analyze and identify various symbols and the use of symbolism in the story.
- Finding Figurative Language – Students will focus on how the author incorporates figurative language in the story by recording the quote from the book, identifying the type of figurative language used, determining the meaning, and the author’s purpose for including it.
- Wise Words – Students explain what Rosa Parks meant in each of the given quotes.
- Montgomery Bus Boycotts – Students answer questions regarding the Montgomery bus boycotts.
- Boycott Flyer – Students will create a flyer to persuade their friends to boycott a good or service they believe to be harmful, dangerous, or unhealthy for children.
- 4-Writing Prompts – Students will respond to the writing prompts and provide evidence from the text to support their thinking when needed.
- Who Was Rosa Parks? – Students will research to learn more about Rosa Parks.
- Rosa Parks Day – Students explain why they think it’s important to celebrate a day in honor of someone’s achievements.
- Acrostic Poem – Students will write an acrostic poem about Rosa Parks.
- Book Review – Students rate how much they enjoyed the book, draw a new cover, and explain why kids should or should not read it.
- Design a Book Cover – Students design a new cover for the book.
- Musical Art Teacher Guide – Students will create a visual to represent important plot events, emotions, and themes in the story, Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis Pinkney (color symbolism wheel, large & small musical notes).
This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The book is not included.
Black History / Civil Rights Movement
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