Ruby Bridges

This inquiry guides students through an investigation of the actions of Ruby Bridges during the Civil Rights Movement. By investigating the compelling question, students examine: how Ruby Bridges participated in the Civil Rights Movement, what issues and problems led to the integration of public schools, and the dangers that Ruby Bridges faced.

By completing this inquiry, students begin to understand that students/children can engage in civic participation.  Specifically, it shows the actions of a child in bringing meaningful change to her community.

This is focused inquiry. By design, the inquiry does not include a Taking Informed Action task.

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Compelling Question:

Why did Ruby Bridges Stand Up?

Staging the Question:


Watch the video clip of Ruby Bridges first day of school, from the movie Ruby Bridges to find out how she was treated unfairly. Lead a class discussion of Ruby’s experiences on her first day of school and if and how they were unfair.
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Supporting Question What motivated Ruby Bridges to stand up?

Formative Task Complete section of the graphic organizer labeled “Actions Ruby Bridges took.”

Sources Source A: Through my Eyes, a trade book on Ruby Bridges

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Supporting Question What did Ruby Bridges do?

Formative Task Complete section of the graphic organizer labeled “Reasons Ruby Bridges stood up.”

Sources Source A: Through my Eyes, a trade book on Ruby Bridges
Source B: Photographs of Jim Crow Era Segregation
Source C: Photographs of segregated classrooms

Summative Performance Task

Argument: Construct an argument (e.g., graphic) about what Ruby Bridges can teach us.
Extension: Research where Ruby Bridges is now and her lasting legacy on public education.