If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

Ringgold, Faith

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One of the famous Americans that the students are required to learn about is Rosa Parks. Through their study they should know the impact Rosa Parks’ refusal to get up from her seat, on the bus, had on the civil rights movement. The book <em>If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks </em>is told from the perspective of the bus and a young child. She explores the bus and has a magical ride that leads her to meeting Rosa Parks at the end of the story. I believe that this story would be engaging to all of my students because it is someone their age telling the story. With this, they would be able to put themselves in her shoes to understand what was taking place. Students of all reading levels would be able to enjoy this story of Rosa Parks.


I identified this book with a Flesch-Kincaid level of 3.7.

Use in Class

This text would be used in a read aloud. The students would listen as the teacher read the book. The teacher would ask beginning, middle and end questions while reading the story aloud.

Unit Focus

History, Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies

Submitted by Phaedra Boyd

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