“That bus boycott was weak! Some tired old lady just didn’t want to stand up.” That’s what my roommate told me in college. Just one of the many myths surrounding Parks and the bus boycott. Now, do your students know what really happened that day Rosa Parks was arrested? (And not for the first time too at that.) Do your students know the history that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott? Teach them the truth behind what happened using this song. Use it as a Rosa Parks, reading comprehension activity or check out our reading activities for it here!
What did the Women’s Political Council have to do with the boycott and Rosa Parks? Why exactly did Parks have the courage to stand up against injustice that day on the bus? Teach your students the answers to these questions and more using this rap song.
You can even extend your lesson using reading activities based on the song lyrics. These Rosa Parks, reading comprehension worksheets cover skills like main idea and details, context clues, and root words and affixes while your students learn the history behind Rosa Parks and the bus boycott.
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