Rosa Parks Assertive Communication Reading Article 005 - Black History Month

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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.

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.

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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 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 comes in 3 differentiated reading levels:

  • File 4A. Grade 6
  • File 4B. Grade 8
  • File 4C. Grade 4

NOTE: 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. Although there are many different readability formulas that calculate different grades, bottom line is there are 3 different versions of the article.
  • EACH BODY PARAGRAPH in the article is numbered. All 3 differentiated versions of the articles contain the same paragraph structure. (So paragraph 1 has the same facts in all three reading levels.)

ROSA PARKS: Quiet Courage in Communication

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  • Informational Text article written at 3 different reading levels
  • a mini lesson on communication and communication styles
  • 5 discussion questions with SAMPLE ANSWERS
  • a paragraph response package with brainstorming handout and rubric
  • SAMPLE ANSWERS using the reading comprehension strategy Asking Questions


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  • Students answer the discussion questions directly in the Google Doc™ 

OPTIONAL: Create a copy of the paragraph response Google Docs (FILE #5

  • Students fill out the brainstorming graphic organizer (double-entry journal)
  • Students write a paragraph to one of the discussion questions

OPTION 2: NO PREP Independent Work Packet

Print the NO PREP PDF (FILE #0)  

  • It includes everything you need for this reading article at the middle grade level (Grade 8)
  • If you need a different grade level, just print the appropriate PDFs. (FILE #4a, 4b, or 4c)

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  • Slideshow includes quick talking points from the article, discussion questions, and video. 
  • Includes links to the references cited in this article.


  • This article goes well with the reading comprehensions strategy called ASKING QUESTIONS.
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This lesson is linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as the Province of Ontario Language Arts Curriculum.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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