Session plan for interest level: 2, 3, 4, 5


A six-year-old African-American girl enters an all-white elementary school in New Orleans in 1960. This true story shows both the turmoil of the period and the bravery of the young girl.


Introduce the subject to your student and talk about the racial pressures of the 1960’s. Read the book, stopping to ask questions. Discuss the way the book ended and why the author selected this ending. Also, read the dedication from Ruby’s mother. There are two complementary activities included – cutting out and properly ordering Ruby’s key life events chronologically and labeling selected events in her life as ‘fair’ or ‘unfair’ and discussing why.

little girl covering her mouth

Book Information

The Story of Ruby Bridges
By Robert Coles
Scholastic, ©1995; Illus: George Ford

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