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Ruby and the Booker Boys by Derrick Barnes

Updated: Sep 8

EARLY CHAPTER BOOK LESSON PLAN

GUIDED ANTI-BIAS/ANTI-RACIST READING | GRADES 2-5


INTRODUCTION

This lesson is a guided reading experience designed to accompany Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes. Lesson content, written by Zapoura Newton-Calvert, was designed to start or deepen anti-bias conversations in families and other learning communities.


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OBJECTIVES

This guided reading lesson is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to anti-racist teaching and learning for the student and the facilitator. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time.


The Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards (focused on Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action) serve as guides for our work.


ABRIDGED LESSON PLAN SECTION ONE: CH 1-5


SUMMARY

Ruby is looking forward to starting 3rd grade, but she is worried about one thing. Being in the shadow of her three charismatic older brothers in the grades above her. How will she stand out as the unique, determined, talented individual that she is?


SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTION

  • A positive affirmation is a way of thinking to ourselves or talking to ourselves with positivity and self love. Before Ruby leaves the house for school, she tells herself a positive affirmation. She says, “‘Ruby Marigold Booker, you sure are fabulous!’” (p. 8). Ruby is described as colorful, creative, and whimsical. What are some words you use to describe yourself? What is a positive affirmation you could say to yourself each morning to give yourself positive energy to face the day? IDENTITY DOMAIN #1


ABRIDGED LESSON PLAN SECTION TWO: CH 6-11


SUMMARY

Throughout the school day, Ruby has several opportunities to showcase her unique talents, but she keeps getting interrupted by her brothers! So, when given an opportunity to read the daily announcements to the whole school, Ruby takes a risk to show who she is. Will it pay off?


DISCUSS

  • Ruby sticks up for herself in this book using her bravery, singing, creativity, and risk taking skills. How might she use these skills to stick up for others? What might that look like on the playground? At a community rally? At home? ACTION DOMAIN #17


ABRIDGED WHAT’S NEXT?

RESOURCES/EXTENDED ACTIVITIES

Extended activities and resources are included with the full-length lesson plan.

  • (EXAMPLE) ACTIVITY 1: Practicing and Learning Unpracticed Names

  • (EXAMPLE) ACTIVITY 2: Listening to Ella Fitzgerald & Jazzmaie Horn


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