February is Black History Month so today we will introduce students to what Black History Month is all about with this 5 minute video (appropriate for all ages) and then hear a story inspired by Rosa Parks called The Bus Ride by William Miller, illustrated by John Ward, and introduced by Rosa Parks.
Watch This Video First!
Once you’ve watched the video, listen to the story:
- Why does Sara feel sad for her mother at the start of the story?
- If you had to follow different rules because of your race or skin colour, how would you feel?
- Would you have had the courage to sit at the front of the bus, even if it was against the law?
- How does Sara become a hero to others?
The world celebrates Black History Month in February and the library has a great collection of books to support teachers on this topic.
A few notable ones…
The story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. A wonderful book to share with grades 2 and up. These two men connected through their shared experience of discrimination. A powerful story about equality that even younger readers can handle.
This book is part of the brilliant Who Was series which covers important biographies for beginning readers. I could see this book being used as a read-aloud this month.
This book explains what the Underground Railroad was and what life was like traveling on it. A book that could lead to an activity of students writing short fiction pieces where they imagine the experience.
A graphic novel biography about Mandela for middle schoolers. Action packed, informative, and highly recommended!