Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 16


Unit 4

5th Grade

Lesson 16 of 34


Defend if Claudette’s actions did or did not prove that she was able to make a larger impact and that she could have been the “right” individual. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose  — Chapter 9

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Claudette’s actions during the trial proved that she was able to have a larger impact on the movement and that she could have been the “right” individual. 

Do you agree or disagree? Explain why. 

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Key Questions

  • Why does the author start with the anecdote about Claudette’s morning? 

  • Summarize what happened when Claudette was put on the stand. Why was Claudette seen as a “star witness”? 

  • Testifying in court changed the way Claudette viewed herself and her role in the movement. Agree or disagree. 

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.5.2 — Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • RI.5.3 — Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
  • RI.5.8 — Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

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