This is a literature response to the picture book "Back of the Bus" by Aaron Reynolds. This common core approved book is a moving story that retells the story of Rosa Parks from a little boy's point of view who was riding on the back of the bus.
I have created an activity called Fortunately/Unfortunately. The students must read the text and complete the appropriate event by retelling what makes the event unfortunate or why the event created a fortunate result. The students are also required to add illustrations to accompany both sides of the event.
The students are also asked to reflect upon the symbolism of the marble throughout the story. This requires students to employ higher order thinking skills to analyze, infer, and conclude what the author was trying to say.
The final question of this activity asks the students to conclude why the author chose to retell this story from a child's point of view instead of an adult.
The variety of skills assessed in this one assignment will help you meet a variety of Common Core skill, while teaching about an important event in American History.
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