Many themes are present in the book. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. One prominent theme is bravery. Ruby was a very brave young girl to be able to walk to school through the angry mobs every day.
Ruby walked every day into her school, even though there were mobs of people shouting at her. Her teacher was amazed at Ruby's bravery.
"‘Sometimes I'd look at her and wonder how she did it,’ said Mrs. Henry. ‘How she went by those mobs and sat here all by herself and yet seemed so relaxed and comfortable.’"
Some other themes present in this story are courage, faith, hope, compassion, and equality.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard that identifies themes in Ruby Bridges. Illustrate each theme and write a short description below each cell.
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All themes are correctly identified and described.
Some themes are correctly identified.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples of Theme(s)
All examples support the identified theme(s).
Most examples fit the identified theme(s).
Most examples do not fit the theme(s).
Images clearly show connection with the theme(s).
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.
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