This book study was created to accompany the Rosa Parks biography Rosa
by Nikki Giovanni. All the activities are designed to help students read for understanding, think, and write critically about the text and its historical time period. This unit is perfect for Black History Month in second or third grade!
The following activities are included:
• Vocabulary List and Context Practice Sheet
: Pre-teach key vocabulary from the story with this list or copy for students to paste into vocabulary notebooks. A practice sheet requiring students to insert each word into the appropriate sentence is also included.
• Comprehension Strips
: Comprehension strips allow students to practice returning to a text to find key information to answer specific questions. They are a fun alternative to a traditional question and answer worksheet and can be used as an individual or partner literacy center, or as a whole class activity when displayed under a document camera. Nine comprehension strips and recording sheets are included.
• Problem and Solution Text Based Writing Prompt
: Students are asked to identify the problem Rosa’s community was facing and how she helped to solve it.
• Rosa Parks Was, Believed, Helped Map
: Students will return to the text to identify and list things Rosa was, believed, and helped.
• Describing Rosa
: Students use character trait adjectives to complete a bubble map describing Rosa Parks. An optional writing prompt asking students to chose one of the adjectives from the bubble map and use evidence from the text to explain their choice is also included.
• Fighting for Equality
: Students will imagine they are protesting Rosa’s arrest in 1955, design a protest sign, and explain their choices.
• A Timeline of Rosa Parks’s Life
: Students cut and paste events from Rosa Parks’s life onto a timeline in the order in which they happened.
• Open-Ended Questions
: These five open-ended questions can be used with literature circles, partner discussion, or Socratic dialogues. These could also be displayed for use as open-ended writing prompts.
• Four Questions for Rosa
: Students practice writing interrogative sentences as they come up with questions they would like to ask Rosa Parks if she were alive today.
*Please note that the book is not included.
This resource addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.8: Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
This resource addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
You may also find that these activities tie in with your state social studies or history standards.
This resource is also included in my Black History Month Book Study Bundle
with my Martin Luther King Jr.
and Ruby Bridges
biography studies. Save by purchasing multiple biography studies together!
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Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles