Rosa Parks

Due at the end of Class Choose one of the following Activities: Choice A: Individual Write 3 diary entries from Rosa Park’s point of view about three incidents in the story. How do you imagine she felt? What did she hope for? What did she fear? The entries MUST be 1 page in length. Choice B: Individual Imagine you are Rosa’s mother, Leona. Write a letter to a relative in the North describing what happened to your daughter (Rosa). Be sure to explain the events in detail and add personal thoughts. Use your text book to help you with dates, names, and additional information.

Your letter must be 1 page in length. Choice C: Individual Select an issue in your school or community; then develop a plan for a civil disobedience protest. Your issue should be one that relates to social injustice, oppression, or discrimination. Carefully state the issue, describe how it affects people in your community, and what resources you would need to utilize. Choice D: Partners Imagine you are two newspaper reporters-one white, one black-in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Write two accounts of Rosa’s arrest: one as a white reporter, the other as a black reporter.

Include a headline, interpretation of the event, and personal narrative. Each report will need to be one page in length. Discussion Questions: 1. Rosa Parks did not set out to spearhead social reform. What influences and experiences in her life led to her becoming the “mother” of the modern civil rights movement? 2. In the “Rosa Parks Story,” flashbacks are used throughout the movie. How does this technique add to the drama’s impact? How would that impact change if the story had started at the beginning of Rosa’s life and had told what happened in sequential order?

Why? 3. People in power determine the fate of others. Who used power in the movie? Who abused authority? 4. How did the bus boycott affect the black community, the white community, and the economy of Montgomery? 5. In 1987, Rosa co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The Institute’s programs focus primarily on education, motivational training, and life skills. Why emphasize self-development and not social change or civil rights? Draw inferences from the movie to support your reasons.

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