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Vocabulary for the "Ruby Bridges and the Civil Rights Movement Slide Show," Kindergarten to Grade 2

A vocabulary list to use as you teach with the "Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage Slide Show"

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

This vocabulary list is drawn from the "Ruby Bridges and the Civil Rights Movement Slide Show Teaching Guide."
 

activist
noun: someone who works to bring about social change
 

attorney
noun: a person who represents another person or group in court
 

barricade
noun: a fence or other object that blocks something or someone
 

boycott
verb: to refuse to do or be part of something in protest
 

civil rights movement
noun: a mass protest across the United States against racial segregation and discrimination in the South
 

courage
noun:  the ability to do something difficult, dangerous, or frightening
 

discrimination
noun: unfairly treating one person or one group differently from others
 

equal
adjective: the same or alike
 

inequality
noun: the quality of not being equal or not having the same rights
 

inferior
adjective: not as good as or less worthy than something else
 

integrate
verb: to bring people together; to end segregation
 

legal
adjective: agreeing with the law; of or relating to the law or lawyers
 

marshal
noun: a law enforcement officer who makes sure that U.S. laws and court decisions are being carried out
 

mass protest
noun: a large group of people who act or speak against something with which they disagree
 

racism
noun: the belief that certain races, or skin colors, are better than other races; any actions that are based on this belief
 

racist
noun: a person who believes that certain races, or skin colors, are better than other races
 

segregation
noun: the practice of separating people into different areas, usually because of their race, class, or ethnic group
 

separate
adjective: kept apart
 

separate but equal
adjective: a legal term that was part of a Supreme Court ruling. The ruling said it was legal to separate groups of people as long as they were treated the same way in their separate areas
 

sit-in
noun: a type of nonviolent protest in which people stay in one place
 

unfair
adjective: favoring one thing over another, not impartial

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