Ruby Bridges Movie Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has taught high school history in several states with a master's degree in teaching.

In 1998, the film 'Ruby Bridges' was released by the Disney Corporation. Based on a true story, it tells about the life of Ruby Bridges, a young girl who helped integrate schools in New Orleans.

Ruby Bridges

In 1998, Disney produced the movie Ruby Bridges as a movie made for television. The movie is based on the early life of Ruby Bridges and focuses on the 1960 school year when Bridges was the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in Louisiana. The film is appropriate for students of all ages. Use these discussion questions after watching the film to help students think critically about the events in the movie.

Plot Questions

  • Describe the circumstances and events that led to Ruby Bridges attending this elementary school. How old was she when she started?
  • What do you think Ruby Bridges and her parents expected to happen on the first day? What actually happened?
  • What do we learn about the classroom environment Bridges is in? How does this make you feel?
  • How does the movie conclude? Why would the screenwriter chose to end it this way?
  • Of all the events shown in the film, which surprised you the most? Why do you think this scene stood out to you?

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