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This is an Internet-Based Literature Lesson for the book, Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni

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Rosa An Internet-Based Literature LessonDesigned bySusan TancockBall State University


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Before You Read

Before you begin reading the book, document what you already know about the Civil Rights Movement and Rosa Parks. Use Webspiration to create a KWL diagram. The directions for creating your diagram are on the next slide.


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Before You Read

  • Go to Webspiration and register for an account. Launch Webspiration.

  • Click on “Template Examples”. Choose a template to get you started, or start from scratch. I used the Research Technique template and did some editing to create my KWL start-up, but feel free to be creative. I want you to see what Webspiration can do.

  • Name your chart and save it.

  • Now you can edit your chart. Add at least 4 things you know about the Civil Rights Movement and/or Rosa Parks and 4 things you would like to know about Rosa Parks.

  • Go to the “Sharing” tab at the top and slide down to “Show Published URL”. Copy that link and post it on the discussion board. This link will go to your diagram.

  • There are several training videos on YouTube, if you would prefer to watch one of those. Use “Webspiration” as your search term.


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Before You Read

  • Explore the Civil Rights Timeline to see what else was happening in America at the same time as the setting of the book.

  • Take this Civil Rights quiz. How much do you know about the Civil Rights Movement?

  • To get in the right frame of mind, watch this Music Video of Civil Rights. Can you identify any of the famous people in the video?

  • Click on the links at this site to learn about Rosa Parks and how she fought for Civil Rights.

  • At the end of the lesson you will have a chance to show what you learned.


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While You Read

  • Read the book, Rosa. As you read, keep track of golden lines, lines that are memorable, important, and conjure up vivid images or feelings for you. Post one golden line on Wall Wisher and tell why you chose it. Find an image on the Internet that represents how this line makes you feel or what it makes you think and post that with your golden line on Wall Wisher. You will need to register on WallWisher before you can post your note.


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After You Read

  • How much did you learn about Mrs. Parks? See how you fare on this Rosa Parks Quiz.

  • This is the speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered in Montgomery on December 5th, 1955. What do you think was most important about his speech? Why was it so persuasive? What was the result of the speech?


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After You Read

Using Glogster, make a poster that shows what you learned from reading the book Rosa. Include your thoughts about Rosa, about the Civil Rights Movement, about bravery, about heroes--any meaning you constructed from the book. Include at least three images, some text, and three Internet links on your poster.

Click here for a great training video on how to use Glogster.

Copy the link to your glog and post it on the discussion board.


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Beyond What You Read

  • At this site you can see the actual bus Rosa Parks was on that fateful day. Scroll down to see the interior in virtual reality.

  • Learn more about the murder of Emmett Till. How was this horrible event important in the Civil Rights Movement?


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Beyond What You Read

  • Watch this interview with Nikki Giovanni. What motivated her to write about Rosa Parks?

  • Watch this interview with the illustrator of Rosa, Bryan Collier.

  • Go to the National Archives and see the actual arrest record and police report for the arrest of Rosa Parks.


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About What You Read & Did

Click here to view the rubric that will be used to evaluate your responses to the lesson


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Additional Activity Ideas

  • Use the Bio-Cube to create a biography about Rosa Parks.

  • Write an acrostic poem about Rosa using this tool.

  • Have students watch this short Rosa Parks play.


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Related Sites & Resources

  • Nikki Giovanni Site

  • Rosa Parks Institute

  • Interview with Nikki Giovanni: Transcript

  • Interview with Nikki Giovanni: Audio


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