History KS1 / KS2: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks tells the story of her life, showing how her refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated bus changed the rules of American society, and led towards equality and justice for everyone, whatever the colour of their skin.

The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, and music.

Growing up in Alabama, Rosa struggled to understand why black and white people were treated differently.

One day Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white person just because she was black.

This small act changed American society forever.

Teacher Notes

You could lead a discussion about civil rights and segregation and highlight key words that pupils may be not understand fully.

You could also encourage pupils to become journalists and write a list of questions that they would want to ask witnesses at the boycott.

Then pupils could create a newspaper report about the Montgomery bus boycott.

To extend the work, you could discuss protesting, how and why protests should be used and what shouldn't be used in a protest.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching history at KS1 and KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Foundation Phase in Wales and First and Second Level in Scotland.

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