Use the chart from this link to allow students to indicate their knowledge of the topic prior to reading Rosa's Bus. Then, after reading the story, students can see if their answers were right or wrong.
Now that you've read the book, let's go back. Here are some questions and activities for further exploration. Choose those that fit your time and/or needs.
1. Do you think the title is the best one for the book?
2. Did the cover give you a good idea of what the book was about?
3. If not, why do you think the publisher used this picture for the cover?
4. Look at all the faces in the book. Why do you think the artists drew the faces showing very little emotion?
5. Why was not riding the buses hard for the black people?
6. What do you know about the location where this story took place?
7. How would you describe Rosa Parks?
8. Have you ever decided to stand up against something you thought was wrong?
9. Have you ever been treated differently because of your skin color, gender, or religion?
10. What are civil rights?
11. Have you heard any other stories about the civil rights movement?
Using the vocabulary words that the class came up with in the Word Race, sort the word cards into nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
On the back of each card write which type of word it is.
The cards can now be shuffled and drawn from, to be used in the Crazy Paragraph found below.
Use it or Lose It
Assign one (or more) of the vocabulary words to each student.
Have each student write a sentence using their word(s) on a strip(s) of paper.
Divide the class into small groups and have them assemble their strips into the best paragraph possible.
Have the groups re-write and add to their paragraph to create a better paragraph or story.
Humor is a fun way to increase student's appetite for learning. This silly paragraph activity improves understanding of sentence structure and word usage, as well as reviewing facts of the story. Before reading the paragraph, draw words from the cards created in “Word Sort” activity, or simply call on students to provide the necessary words to fill in the blanks. After reading the resulting FabLib paragraph, let children fill in more accurate words from the book.
Share some funny books about buses such as Busasaurus Bop by Diane Z. Shore and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.
Bus Rhyme Time
Let children come up with words that rhyme with bus and then write a poem about a bus.
Trace the life of Rosa’s Bus on a United States Map.
The bus was built in Pontiac, Michigan in March 1948.
From there it went into service in Terre Haute, Indiana from 1948-1954.
Then it was moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where it was in service from 1954-1971.
After sitting in a field for many years, it was finally purchased by the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in 2001 and put on display in 2003.
Using facts above, determine how many years the bus was in each location.
The bus boycott began on December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white man, and continued until December 20, 1956.In some sources the bus boycott is said to have lasted 381 days, in other sources it says 382 days. Why? Some people fail to account for the extra day in leap year in 1956.