Aaron Reynolds is known for his funny children's books such as Chicks and Salsa and Buffalo Wings. However, his book, Back of the Bus, takes a more serious side.
It's great for kids because it is written from the perspective of a child who was on the bus when Rosa Parks disobeyed the bus driver and refused to give up her seat on that historical December day. This book, or any other books you might use to teach about Martin Luther King's or Rosa Park's message of equal rights, is a great time to teach your students that good readers visualize when they are reading. Read the story and have them quietly draw what they picture in their mind as you are reading. Click here to download the file below:
Then, open up a discussion about the things they drew. Did anyone make a text to self connection? Did any of them have schema about Rosa Parks? If so, they may have visualized the bus boycott.
If you work with older students, you can look at different books that talk about that historical day on the bus. Look at the point of view those books are written from and compare them to the boy's perspective in Back of the Bus. Have your students write a paragraph about what they would see if they were a passenger on the bus with Rosa Parks (imagine the word choice they could use!!).
We are celebrating Rosa Park's pride and determination by giving away an autographed copy of Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds. Simply leave a comment about which of your character traits you are most proud of. Are you generous to your family and friends? Do you go above and beyond to lend a helping hand? Whatever it is...tell us! Be proud of that trait!!
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