Ruby Bridges: Connecting Lives
This unit, designed to promote the study of racial integration, begins with learning about the true story of Ruby Bridges.
- Grades: 6–8
This unit, designed to promote the study of racial integration, begins with learning about the true story of Ruby Bridges, who single-handedly broke the color line in New Orleans in 1960 by being the first African American child to attend a previously segregated public school. She broke barriers and built bridges. The cross-curricular unit ends with the construction of a suspension bridge, giving students a chance to further examine the idea of strength and bridges.
- Engage in critical discussions
- Discover picture books for presenting ideas
- Learn how literature can break barriers and build bridges
- Respond to shared texts in group discussions
- Practice critical-thinking skills
- Learn and apply the comprehension strategy of making connections
- Make connections and react to various texts using a double-entry journal
- Research suspension bridges
- Demonstrate knowledge of abstract concepts of geometric shapes and measurement
- Design a suspension bridge
- Construct a suspension bridge and describe the process
- Create a presentation
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Students will become amateur architects by designing, constructing, and presenting a suspension bridge. Students will invite parents to the presentations and the test of strength of their suspension bridges.