Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Purpose45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- What was Rosa Parks’ identity in the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
- What was Rosa Parks’ purpose?
- Why did Rosa Parks’ refuse to give up her seat on the bus? How did her actions alter history?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will interpret Rosa Parks’ reasons for not giving up her seat on the bus.
- Students will evaluate the purpose of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement.
- Students will understand and apply knowledge about purpose to students’ own lives.