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Liz and Ruby: A Story of Integration

Liz and Ruby: A Story of Integration

Author: Jessica Zamora

Students will be able to apply what they have learned about integration at the peak of the Civil Rights movement. 

Students will be able to analyze textual and media sources to compare and contrast the lives and experiences of Liz and Ruby.

Students will have access to an iPad (one per student) to showcase their learning in an online format.

In this lesson, students will be working independently to reflect on the book we have just finished reading, titled The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine. Students will reflect and make connections between the book and the movie, Ruby Bridges (Disney). Students will compare and contrast the experiences of Liz and Ruby as they both integrated all-white schools. Students will work in a 1 to 1 mobile device atmosphere, using technology to create a blog post about their reflections. Students will then work collaboratively as they leave constructive feedback and comments on each others' blog posts.

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ISTE Standards for Students

1. Creativity and innovation

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new

ideas, products, or processes

b. Create original works as a means of personal

or group expression


2. Communication and collaboration .

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers,

experts, or others employing a variety of digital

environments and media



Common Core State Standards


Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Watch the following videos and then scroll down to know what's next in this lesson!

The Lions of Little Rock Book Trailer

Here's a quick recap of The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine.


Ruby Bridges: Through my Eyes

A quick glimpse into the life of Ruby Bridges and her experience in 1960, as she integrated an all-white school at the age of 6.


Blog Post

Hey students!


Welcome to Sofia. You will now complete a blog post based the similarities and differences of Liz and Ruby's experiences with integration.


Use your knowledge of what we have discussed in class, as well as any new information you have learned from the above videos.


Make sure to visit our classroom blog site at to get started on your blogging.


Remember to reflect on Liz and Ruby's experiences of integration. Make sure to mention how their experiences were different and similar. You can use any of the following methods in your blogs to express your reflections:



1. Create a Paper53 drawing of a Venn Diagram (screenshot on your iPad and inserted into your blog post), OR...





2. Create FakeBook accounts for Liz and Ruby (screenshot on your iPad and inserted into your blog post), OR...



3. Create a Haiku Deck slideshow to identify Liz and Ruby's similarities and differences in experiences (embed into your blog post)

*Once you have completed your blog post, submit the link to your blog in the Google Form at the bottom of this lesson!


Then go back to our class website and comment on at least 5 other students' blogs! Happy blogging-Ms. J!

Blog Submission Google Form

Make sure to submit your blog link in this Google Form!