Smithsonian

Lesson Plan:

Rosa Parks

Overview

Students will gather as much information as possible from the sculpture of Rosa Parks before reading about her role in the Montgomery County Bus Boycott. They will bring the lesson to life by role playing and participating in skits.

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Describe a sculpture.
  • Differentiate between realistic and distorted features of the sculpture.
  • Identify clues to Rosa Parks’s story in the sculpture.
  • List questions left unanswered by the sculpture.
  • Use other sources of information to find answers to these questions.
  • Use what they learn about Rosa Parks, the Montgomery County Buss Boycott, and the Civil Rights Movement to produce original illustrations and skits.
  • Develop their ability to use nonviolent techniques for resolving interpersonal problems through role playing.

Materials

  • Reproduction of Marshall D. Rumbaugh’s Rosa Parks
  • Opaque projector
  • Photograph of Rosa Parks
  • Handout 5: “Chronology of Rosa Park’s Arrest and the Montgomery County Bus Boycott”