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Free “Through My Eyes” by Ruby Bridges Supplementary Material Booklet

In honor of Black Lives Matter and the protests happening around the globe, I would like to share a free resource to help teachers who have student in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grades for the American K-12 education system.

I’m putting in some materials I used last year with my returnee students in Japan. These booklets ARE NOT BOOK COPIES, but supplementary materials designed to help students get the most out of the book experience. I assigned this booklet as homework for the students to do every week, collecting the booklets to mark every Friday.

I apologize in advance as I used Publisher in order to create this booklet, so I can only add PDF and image files. I’ll have the images below as previews of what the booklets give in terms of content.

I don’t need credit, I just ask that no one EVER POSTS TO A PAY FOR WORKSHEETS SITE! Please don’t profit off this booklet. I’m intending for this work to be used to help spread awareness of really serious issues involving racism and specifically education.

If anyone would like to share feedback or critiques, I would appreciate it. You can comment on this post or hit me at the email missjessica.edu@gmail.com. I’ll try to find a way to convert my Publisher file into Word in a way that won’t ruin the whole formatting.

Printing instructions: I made all of these for the A3 size paper. It’s quite big, but my students tend to write big so it worked out. However, note that pages 5 and 6 are meant to be copied back to back on an A4 size paper!

The booklet cover
Pages 2 and 9, which should be copied to the back of the booklet cover.
Pages 8 and 3
Pages 4 and 7 which should be copied to the back of Pages 8 and 3
Pages 5 and 6, which need to be copied back to back on an A4 (Letter Sized) paper.

After printing out the pages, staple them together and give them out to your students. I had a system where if I had to make a whole booklet all over again I took away points, but you decide what works best for you.

I apologize in advance if there are any mistakes or somehow I’ve worded something wrong/offensive. Do tell me if I need to change something. I tried to keep my language simple for kids, and as I don’t have Black co-workers to ask for feedback, I did the best I could with this topic.

Note: this booklet is meant to be used in tandem with the book and it’s supposed to have a teacher guiding students through the complex issues of racism and education in the modern era. Please don’t use this booklet as a substitute for in-depth discussion and learning! Thank you!

If you would like to purchase the book, you can get it from Scholastic if you live in the USA. If you don’t live in the USA, the Book Depository website also carries it. Of course, you can use Amazon, but remember the deals there often come at the expense of both worker rights and the authors.

I hope this somehow this little booklet makes a difference for an educator out there! Good luck!