Rosa Parks

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 12593

What would it take to make a big change in society? Riots? Money? Power? Most changes require at least courage. Discover a brave, unknown lady who didn't stand for injustice and started a movement!


People and Their Environment, United States

Social Studies
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Watch this restored video from August 1963 in Washington, D.C.

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  • Why were these people marching?
  • What did they want?

Segregation is when groups of people are intentionally separated.

In the mid-1900s, White people and Black people were separated by government laws. They attended different schools, ate in different restaurants, and sat in different bus sections.

The spaces given to each group were unequal. White people were consistently given better facilities and resources.

  • Why do you think that was?

The civil rights movement was a movement to end racial segregation in the United States. It took place mostly during the 1950s and the 1960s. Several people stood up to the groups enforcing racial segregation and inspired others to do the same.

One of those people was Rosa Parks.

In this lesson, you will learn how Rosa inspired all of Montgomery, Alabama, to take a stand against racial segregation and even helped to end segregation in some areas of the city.

As you scroll through the timeline below, note how Rosa impacted the civil rights movement.

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Rosa Parks was one of the most important civil rights movement leaders. She led by example, showing others that they, too, could stand up to people who were doing wrong.

To learn more about Rosa, watch the short video clip below. Continue to write down ways Rosa inspired others.

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After watching the video, use your notes to help you reflect on the following questions.

  • How was Rosa Parks a leader of the civil rights movement?
  • How did she inspire others to take a stand?
  • Why do you think she was brave enough to stand up to the bus driver?

Review your responses and then consider these questions.

  • Do you know someone who was a part of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s?
  • What role did they play?
  • Have you ever done something to take a stand against something you thought was wrong?

Move to the Got It? section to review what you have learned about Rosa Parks!

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