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Ruby Bridges Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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This Ruby Bridges Library Lesson is perfect for Black History Month or anytime you want to teach students about school desegregation and the American Civil Rights movement.

Everything you need to teach elementary students about Ruby Bridges and school desegregation is included here. You only need to add your school’s information to a few slides (weekly agenda, birthdays) and add an optional read-aloud of your choice.

Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

This lesson has 56 slides & pages, and includes:

  • 44-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 26 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion
    • 18 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • List of 21 recommended books to accompany this lesson. (1 page)
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF file formats
    • The list includes picture books, fiction books, and biographies with civil rights or school segregation themes.
  • 2 differentiated Scavenger Hunt activities and answer key (3 pages)
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF file formats
  • Detailed, pre-filled Lesson Plan with Common Core, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages)
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF file formats
  • Prep, set up, tips, and lesson procedure (6 pages, PDF only)

26 Library Lesson Slides:

  • 2 YouTube links to recommended Ruby Bridges videos
  • Sign language slide and how-to sign video link: “school”
  • Narrative, illustrated story of Ruby Bridges

18 Scrolling Slides:

  • Vocabulary Words of the Week: segregation and Jim Crow laws
  • Where is Ruby Bridges today?
  • Library review information – differences between biography, autobiography, and memoir
  • 1 “True or False” slide
  • 3 “Did You Know?” slides
  • 1 trivia question slide
  • This week’s birthdays, weekly and daily agenda slides

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.3.
  • Include – C.2. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10.

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Grade Levels

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1-2 class periods


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