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Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks was a Black woman who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama to a white man. Her arrest angered civil rights leaders who organized a city-wide bus boycott. The Montgomery bus boycott lasted 381 days and was one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history.

Born - February 4, 1913

Died - October 25, 2005

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Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies  (O)
An NPR news report on the death of Rosa Parks.

RosaParks.org  (Y, M, O, T)
RosaParks.org hosts both live and virtual educational events and programs throughout the year. The site also includes a biography, photo gallery, and timeline for additional learning.

The Fable of Rosa Parks (Video)  (O)
An interesting video and article from TIME that discusses lesser-known facts about Rosa Parks and how her story has changed over time.

Teaching Tolerance: Rosa Parks  (Y, M, O, T)
Teaching Tolerance is home to hundreds of articles, lesson plans, and other resources for teaching Rosa Parks. Use the filters to find something appropriate for all age ranges.

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words  (O)
"In Her Own Words" is an online exhibition from the Library of Congress that features historic photos, artifacts, letters, and other documents from both the early and late life of Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Video)  (M, O, T)
This video from PBS Learning follows student reporter on a tour of the Rosa Parks Museum and other notable sites from the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It is accompanied by discussion topics, activity ideas, and additional resources.

Rosa Parks Printables  (Y, M, T)
Woo! Jr. hosts a collection of printable worksheets, puzzles, and coloring pages to celebrate the life of Rosa Parks.

The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks (Video)  (O)
A video from TED Ed on the lesser-known aspects of Rosa Parks. Accompanied by a quiz and links to numerous primary sources for additional learning.

The Death of Rosa Parks  (O)
Rosa Parks was "the first woman and the second black American to lie in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol." Learn more about her remembrance at the US Capitol on House.gov.

Opening Up the Textbook: Rosa Parks  (O, T)
These lesson plans from Teaching History ask students to compare textbook passages about Rosa Parks to documents from the time and think critically about the historic materials they read.

Rosa Parks Lesson Plan  (Y)
Students will reenact Rosa Parks' bus boycott, read her biography, and letters in these lesson plans from LearningtoGive.org. For grades 3-5.

Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights  (Y, M, O)
Read the heroic story of Rosa Parks, a brave African American woman who played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. Grades: 3-5, 6-8

Rosa Parks Forever Stamp  (Y,M,O,T)
The United States Postal Service unveiled its new Rosa Parks Forever Stamp at the DuSable Museum of African American History during its King Day celebration on Jan 21 2013.

Rosa Parks Photo Gallery  (Y,M,O,T)
This photo gallary is accompanied by a biography a Rosa Parks, videos, interviews, and a podcast. From the Academy of Achievement, a museum of living history.

Rosa Parks Biography  (Y,M,O,T)
Learn more about the life of Rosa Parks in this biography from NotableBiographies.com.

Rosa Parks Video and Quiz  (Y)
A brief video on Rosa Parks that includes quizzes and online activities for younger students. From Brain Pop Jr.com

Rosa Parks Standup Bus Craft  (Y)
Children draw faces in this standup bus to remind them of the Rosa Parks story and the Montgomery Bus Boycott that brought about the Supreme Court order to desegregate buses.

What If I Don't Move to the Back of the Bus?  (M,O,T)
An engaging article from the Henry Ford Museum that provides a history of Rosa Parks, an in-depth look at racial segregation, and raises thought-provoking discussion topics.

Famous Person: Rosa Louis Parks  (Y)
This lesson plan from Utah State University asks students to compare the stories of Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in order to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Grade Level: 3rd/4th

Scholastic Teacher Resources: Rosa Parks  (M)
An interactive slide timeline about Rosa Parks. Includes discussion topics and links to primary resources.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott  (M)
A brief overview of Rosa Parks and how her refusal to give up her seat helped spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

Rosa Parks Coloring Printable  (Y)
A Rosa Parks printable coloring page that includes a brief biography. From TeacherVision.com.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum  (M)
The only museum dedicated to the civil rights icon. Occasionally hosts virtual tours if you can't be there in person.

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