6Cs Article 005: Rosa Parks Quiet Courage in Assertive Communication - Easel

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High-interest reading article about COMMUNICATION.

Reading comprehension article handout (differentiated Gr 4, 6, 8) about Rosa Parks focusing on her conversation with the bus driver as an example of assertive communication. Includes sample answers.

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High-interest NO PREP independent work packet about Rosa Parks' assertive communication.

  • We often talk about Rosa Parks during Black History Month.

  • However, we can learn from her example of “quiet courage, dignity, and determination” at any time.

Rosa Parks is famous for her role in the US civil rights movement. We talk about her strength of character to refuse to give up her seat because she was Black.

In this social-emotional learning article, we focus on the moment on the bus when she told the bus driver that she wasn’t going to give up her seat.

The take-away message is that assertive communication requires courageously addressing conflict in a respectful way that does not cross your personal boundaries.

It’s hard because you might be all alone at the time, and even if you are assertive, it doesn’t always work out for you.

This article goes well with the ASKING QUESTIONS reading strategy.

This article comes in 3 differentiated reading levels:

  • Handout A Grade 4

  • Handout B Grade 6

  • Handout C Grade 8


  • Reading grade levels are approximate.

  • I used Hemingway Editor to re-write each paragraph for the different grade levels. Hemingway determines the “grade level” of your text using the Automated Readability Index.

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  • EACH BODY PARAGRAPH is numbered. All differentiated versions of the articles contain the same paragraph structure. (So paragraph 1 has the same facts in all three reading levels.)


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This package includes: 

  • Informational Text article at 3 different reading levels

  • Slideshow Introduction (38 slides)

  • Mini-lesson on COMMUNICATION

  • Discussion questions  

  • Paragraph response package for brainstorming  

  • Reading response rubric 

  • Answer key using the Asking Questions reading comprehension strategy.

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Total Pages
38 slides, 6 page handout ( x 3 reading levels), 4 page graphic organizer
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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