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Ruth and the Green Book

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Polycom Special Event

 

 

Ruth and the Green Book

with author Calvin Ramsey

 

Date:     Tuesday, February 10, 2015 

 

Time:     12:00-1:00 ET (11:00 CT, 10:00 MT, 9:00 PT) 

                        

Grades: 4th-6th

 

Required Book: Ruth and the Green Book

 

Partners: Author coordination/liaison: Elaine Shuck, Polycom, Inc.,

Event coordination: Sue Porter, Polycom Education Consultant

 

Celebrate Black History month with this story of the 1950s. Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people because of the Jim Crow laws. Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook and the kindness of strangers, Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama. Ruth's story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

 

ASK (Authors Specialist and Knowledge) is a process that provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a subject specialist in the topic they are reading about in a novel. The program uses excellent literature, journal writing and interviewing to promote reading for understanding.

Preparation resources available here - 

http://capspaceinfo.pbworks.com/w/page/56752621/ASK%20Process

 

Please make sure you can commit to the work necessary to prepare for this program before registering your class. Questions? Email Sue Porter at polycomspecialevents@gmail.com

 

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