The Story of Ruby Bridges – Hardship

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is a captivating telling of courage of a young girl who was escorted to school by federal marshals to stake her claim to a free education.  Ruby Bridges was that girl and she, along with the African American community, suffered great hardship in the segregated south after the Civil War.  I would use the Sophocles conversation on hardship after reading the book and challenge students with the essential question “Do you have to suffer to be successful?”

Level: Elementary English/Language Arts

Subject Area: American literature

Author:  Steve Fouts



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