Freedom Walkers Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'Freedom Walkers' is a book by Russell Freedman about Civil Rights and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Use the activities in this asset to help students connect and draw meaning from the story.

Freedom Walkers

Freedom Walkers is a book about the Civil Rights Movement that details many of the events leading up to the infamous Montgomery Bus Boycott. The story covers many of the major players of the time including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to help students truly understand the importance of this story and make connections with its meaning, teachers should involve them in book related activities. The activities below, intended for use with late elementary to middle school level readers, have been developed for this purpose.

News Report

Materials: writing paper, pencils

  • Put students into groups of 2-4.
  • Explain that each group is to pretend that they are news anchors presenting the story of the bus boycott.
  • Give each group paper and a pencil and instruct them to write out a script for what they would say in the news report. Encourage them to break the news report into parts so that each student in the group has a chance to participate. Be sure that each report includes:
    • Background leading up to the event
    • News about what happened
    • Names of the people involved
    • Time and date of the event
    • Results or consequences
  • Next, allow time for the groups to develop their reports.
  • When finished, have each group present their news reports (as news anchors) to the class.

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