Abstract 10- Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 2010

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 2010



Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan: Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

Deborah Morowski
Auburn University


This Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation lesson introduces students to the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The lesson includes an introductory activity that orients students to concepts of unfairness and discrimination, followed by a reading of the story. Students engage with primary sources (photographs) to compare and contrast life during segregation and life today. The lesson may be expanded to include a study of notable individuals involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Students utilize higher order thinking skills to determine ways to deal with issues of unfair situations they encounter. Throughout the lesson, students exhibit their learning through discussion, writing, and artistic expression.

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About the Author(s)…

Deborah Morowski, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Auburn University. Her research interests include social studies education, educational history, teacher education and African-American secondary education in the American South from 1900 to 1960. She can be reached at dlm0008@auburn.edu.

Citation for this Article: Morowski, D. (2010). Notable trade book lesson plan: Boycott blues: How Rosa Parks inspired a nation. Social Studies Research and Practice, 5(2), 103-108. Retrieved from http://www.socstrp.org/issues/PDF/5.2.10.pdf.