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Real People Real History Flex-" Rolling Warrior" Book Study & Disability Rights History (Supports for Dyslexic and Dysgraphic Learners)

In this flexible schedule novel study learners will read and reflect on "Rolling Warrior: The Incredible and Sometimes Awkward True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Sparked a Revolution" Through Judy's eyes learners will explore the early days of the Disability Civil Rights Movement. We will also explore the disability rights movement from other perspectives as well as hearing the voices of individuals around the world who are advocating for disability rights today. this course uses graphic organizers and other supports for students who may be dyslexic or dysgraphic. The ability to take a deep dive into historical events, explore this movement from a world wide perspective, and consider the state of disability rights in our world today, makes this the perfect class for gifted and 2e (twice-exceptional) learners. #academic
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
781 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$10 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Students will develop a deeper understanding of the history of the disability rights movement.  They will also develop fluency and comprehension by reading and responding to an engaging non fictional autobiography.  They will use graphic organizers to think and respond critically to the materials we are studying.  Wherever possible, the teacher will provide support to make the course accessible for dysgraphic and dyslexic learners.
Bridget Smith is a teacher with ADHD who specializes in supporting neurodiverse learners including students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia on the Outschool learning platform.  To date she has taught over 5,000 neurodiverse learners! Bridget holds a BA in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master's Degree in Education.  She is credentialed in the State of California to teach multiple subjects for elementary Schoolers and middle Schoolers as well as English Language Arts to middle school and high schoolers.  Bridget holds a B-CLAD credential which gives her additional credentials and experience supporting diverse learners.  She is a former dual emersion bilingual teacher and high school ESL teacher. She is passionate about history, and is looking forward to offering a series of Real People, Real History book studies on Outschool.
As this is a flex class students will be assigned work to do through our online classroom.  Learners will be encouraged to read around 4 chapters each week in order to be prepared for class discussions.
Please purchase: "Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels who Helped Spark a Revolution" by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner You can participate with a paper, e-book version or audiobook. Graphic organizers and other learning supports may be posted in the Outschool classroom before each class session. It is also good to have paper, pen or pencil, and something to draw with available for every class.
No formal assessment is offered.  If students need proof of completion for homeschool credit they are welcome to compile a portfolio of their work and request a narrative evaluation from the instructor.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Learners may be exposed to some mild swearing and bleeped foul language in the videos posted for the class.  Judith's experiences were sometimes very challenging in her quest for equal protection under the law.  She describes her protest experience in detail as well as her experiences in a disability segregated classroom throughout her early years. This is a middle grade and up book, and the language and experiences shared are more appropriate for that age of learner.
Resources and Activities from a Facing History and Ourselves Curriculum designed for a Community Read on "Rolling Warrior" are used in this class.

NPR and Time Magazine articles about disability issues.

YouTube Videos including TedTalks, UpWorthy profiles, a short documentary about the making of an adaptive clothing commercial, and various first person interviews with autistic people, people with Down Syndrome, activist Judith Heumann, and children with various disabilities.


Bridget Smith M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Educator, Writer, Traveler, and Mom to Kids with Learning Differences
781 total reviews
1183 completed classes

About Me

I love being part of the Outschool learning community!  I offer courses for neurodivergent kids and teens and students with learning disabilities as well as book studies, note taking, and writing classes that are accessible to all learners.   I... 
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