But this field trip took them back to a time far different from today.
The students watched a play, "Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks." The play uses music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.” The play is designed to dispel myths about Parks and her protest and it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation within herself to become an effective Civil Rights leader.
Students told their teachers what they learned from the play.
“I understand now why Rosa Parks would not give up her seat on the bus.” Malerie
“I would have stood up to the bus driver, just like Rosa did. All people should be treated equal.” Jesse
“I didn’t know that Rosa’s grandpa sometimes passed as a white man because he had light black skin.” – CiAnna
The essential question this nine weeks for these 4th graders is "What can we learn from the past?" says Lindsey Jones, Fourth grade teacher at Theodore Jones. "In this unit we will be looking at Revolutionary Heroes, women who dared, and leaders who changed our world. Rosa is one of those outstanding ladies!"