ELA Skills
People and Places
Chapters 1-5
Chapters 6-10
Big Ideas

What is a text feature?

Anything in a book that is not the main story. This could be chapter titles, epigraphs, pictures, or text boxes. 


What was Claudette's sister's name?



How did Claudette feel about Jeremiah Reeves' execution?

"Furious" (page 24)

"The hypocrisy of it made me so angry!" (Page 25)

"I stayed angry about Jeremiah Reeves for a long time." (page 26)


How was Rosa Parks treated when she was arrested?

She was allowed to stand up and walk off the bus calmly; the police grabbed her things for her; her hands were left uncuffed.


True or False: People who are found guilty are always given a fair punishment.

False: Jeremiah Reeves was treated differently than a white man would have been treated for the same crime. 


What is an outline?

Bullet points that briefly lay out your argument before you start writing a paragraph or essay


The execution of which student was a major turning point in Claudette's life?

Jeremiah Reeves


What topics did Miss Nesbitt teach Claudette and her other students?

The Constitution, to love their own hair and skin color, "Negro History Week," 


Why did Claudette try to hide her pregnancy at first?

Pregnant girls would be expelled from Booker T. Washington High School. 


Did Claudette do the right thing by standing up on the bus, even if it was illegal to do so?

Yes; she was fighting for equality and the laws she was disobeying were racist and unjust. 


What are the parts of a paragraph that we learned in this class?

Main claim and 2-3 pieces of text-based evidence. A concluding sentence is also a great addition. 


In what city did Claudette spend most of her life in the book?



True or False: There was another open seat in the white section when the white woman demanded Claudette leave her seat on the bus?

True; the white woman still didn't want to sit near Claudette


How long did Claudette stay in Birmingham with her birth parents before she returned to Montgomery?

About two weeks


Why do authors include certain things (like pictures, epigraphs, and text boxes) in their books?

To give the reader more information; to make the story more real; to set the tone of the story; to help argue a specific point. 


What is an epigraph?

An epigraph is a short quote at the beginning of a chapter or a whole book that hints at the chapter's/book's main idea


Who was Claudette's lawyer in both her own court case and the lawsuit against Montgomery?

Fred Gray


What phrase did Claudette repeat while she was being arrested?

"It's my constitutional right!"


What did Claudette name her son?



Why was the bus boycott so effective in Montgomery?

Because the black community all worked together, because they attacked the city peacefully and economically, and because they had a great leader like Dr. MLK.


Why do people annotate books or articles?

To remember important parts of a story, to make connections, to note questions. To mark parts in the story that they want to look at later. 


Who was the influential leader of the bus boycott in Montgomery?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


True or False: Everyone in the black community supported Claudette's actions when she refused to give up her seat on the bus?

False - some people said things like "She got what she deserved for making things harder for everyone. (...) Others told her that if she didn't like the way things were in the South, she should go up North" (Page 42). 


How many of the three judges ruled to strike down the segregated buses, and how many ruled in favor of segregated buses?

2 judges ruled to end the segregation, 1 judge ruled to keep it. 

Did ending the segregation laws in Montgomery end the racism there?

Unfortunately, no. Racism still exists in many parts of society today. But, ending the segregation laws was a major step toward racial equality. 

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