by Venette Cook
Part One: Follow the link, read about Rosa Parks, and find the answers to ten questions below.
Before you read, be sure you understand these vocabulary words.
- surrender (a seat)
- Colored people
- federal injunction
- When was Rosa Parks arrested?
- Where was she arrested?
- Why was she arrested?
- Was she the first person who was arrested for this crime?
- What job did Ms Parks have with the NAACP?
- Who organized a protest after she was arrested?
- What kind of protest did they organize?
- What did the white community do during the boycott?
- How long did the boycott continue?
- How did the boycott end?
Follow this link to the CNN news report and find out if these statements are true. Explain your anwers.
- Rosa Parks received the medal in June 1998.
- She received the medal in New York City.
- President Bill Clinton gave her the medal.
- She was 86 years old when she received the award.
- Ms. Parks said the the medal encourages other people to fight for their rights.
- Two congressional leaders from Michigan sponsored Ms. Parks for the medal.
- There were about 6500 people in the audience.
- Some important leaders from the Civil Rights movement attended the ceremony.
- Many people receive the Congressional Medal of Honor every year.
- George Washington received the first medal
Part Three: Writing. Choose one topic. Write a composition which follows your teacher's intructions for your class. (email, journal, composition for a graded class, etc.)
- Many people consider Rosa Parks a leader. What does it mean to be a leader? How are leaders important in our world?
- Who has been an important leader in your life? What are three lessons you have learned from this person's life?
- How is Rosa Parks similar to an important leader in your country? Write about three points of comparison.
©2000, Venette Cook
The photograph of Rosa Parks is from
http://www.womenswire.com/watch/parks.html. I chose a biography of Rosa Parks for its
readability. Many other sites offer more information on her life and history.
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